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Gradient competence at the syntax-discourse interface

Slabakova, R., Rothman, J. and Kempchinsky, P. (2011) Gradient competence at the syntax-discourse interface. EuroSLA Yearbook, 11. pp. 218-243. ISSN 1569-9749

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1075/eurosla.11.12rot


In this article, we present additional support of Duffield's (2003, 2005) distinction between Underlying Competence and Surface Competence. Duffield argues that a more fine-grained distinction between levels of competence and performance is warranted and necessary. While underlying competence is categorical, surface competence is more probabilistic and gradient, being sensitive to lexical and constructional contingencies, including the contextual appropriateness of a given construction. We examine a subset of results from a study comparing native and learner competence of properties at the syntax-discourse interface. Specifically, we look at the acceptability of Clitic Right Dislocation in native and L2 Spanish, in discourse-appropriate context. We argue that Duffield's distinction is a possible explanation of our results.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Clinical Language Sciences
Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Language and Cognition
ID Code:33075
Publisher:John Benjamins

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