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Author Domínguez, Laura
Title Understanding Interfaces : Second language acquisition and first language attrition of Spanish subject realization and word order variation
Imprint Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2013
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Descript 1 online resource (287 pages)
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Series Language Acquisition and Language Disorders ; v.55
Language Acquisition and Language Disorders
Note Understanding Interfaces -- Editorial page -- Title page -- LCC data -- Table of contents -- List of figures -- List of tables -- Abbreviations -- Abstract -- Acknowledgements -- 1. Linguistic interfaces and the architecture of the language faculty -- 1.1 Theoretical background -- 1.2 The architecture of the faculty of language -- 1.2.1 Economy conditions of linguistic convergence -- Interface strategies -- 1.2.2 The 'Tripartite Parallel Model' (Jackendoff 1997, 2002) -- 1.3 The empirical studies -- 1.4 Broader significance of the study -- 1.5 Organization -- 2. Clause structure, subject positions and word order variation in Spanish -- 2.1 Subject positions and the EPP -- 2.1.1 Null and overt preverbal subjects -- 2.1.2 Postverbal subjects in intransitive clauses -- 2.1.3 Postverbal subjects in transitive clauses (VSO and VOS) -- 2.2 Word order variation -- 2.2.1 Word order variation as a result of feature movement -- 2.2.2 Word order variation as the result of interface conditions -- Prominence -- Scrambling -- Fragment answers -- Dislocations -- Summary -- 2.3 Emphatic/contrastive focus -- 2.4 Summary and conclusions -- 3. Linguistic interfaces in second language acquisition research -- 3.1 Syntax vs. the periphery -- 3.2 Interface vulnerability in second language acquisition -- 3.3 Assessing the validity of the 'Interface Hypothesis' -- 3.3.1 A representational account of interface vulnerability -- 3.3.2 A computational account of interface vulnerability -- 3.4 Moving forward in (interface-based) SLA research -- 3.4.1 A new analysis of 'interface phenomena' for SLA research -- 3.4.2 Syntactic impairment is compatible with an interface-based approach to language acquisition an -- 4. Subject realization and word order variation in non-native Spanish
4.1 Determining syntactic and pragmatic constraints -- 4.2 Null and postverbal subjects in L2 Spanish -- 4.2.1 Null subjects: Focus on syntactic constraints -- 4.2.2 Null subjects: Focus on pragmatic constraints -- 4.2.3 Word order variation -- 4.3 Summary -- 4.4 The empirical studies -- 4.4.1 The production study -- Methodology -- Participants -- Task design -- Data analysis -- Hypotheses -- Results -- Summary of results -- 4.4.2 The comprehension study -- Hypotheses -- Experimental design -- Data analysis -- Results -- 4.4.3 Discussion of results and conclusions -- 5. Subject realization and word order variation in adult bilingual grammars under attrition -- 5.1 Syntactic native attrition -- 5.1.1 Age effects -- 5.1.2 Examining the cause of attrition: L2 influence and the role of changes in L1 input -- 5.2 Inherent L1 vulnerability: The role of the interfaces -- 5.3 The empirical studies -- 5.3.1 The production study -- Rationale -- Participants -- Data analysis -- Hypotheses -- Results -- 5.3.2 The comprehension study -- Hypotheses -- Methodology -- Results -- 5.4 Discussion of results and conclusion -- 6. Summary of findings and implications -- 6.1 Reanalyzing the role of interfaces in acquisition research -- 6.2 Syntactic vulnerability in an interface-based approach to language acquisition and attrition -- 6.3 Additional sources of divergence in the acquisition of Spanish word order -- 6.4 Implications for further research -- References -- Name index -- Subject index
By combining theoretical analysis and empirical investigation, this monograph investigates the status of interfaces in Minimalist linguistic theory, second language acquisition and native language attrition. Two major questions are currently under debate: (1) what exactly makes a linguistic phenomenon an 'interface phenomenon', and (2) what is the specific role that the interfaces play in explaining language loss and persistent problems in second language acquisition? Answers to these questions are provided by a theoretical examination of the role that economy and computational efficiency play in recent Minimalist models of the language faculty, as well as by evidence obtained in two empirical studies examining the acquisition and attrition of two interface phenomena: Spanish subject realization and word order variation. The result is a new definition of 'interface phenomena' which deemphasizes syntactic complexity and focuses on the effect of interface interpretive conditions on syntactic structure. This work also shows that representational deficits cannot be ruled out in the acquisition and attrition of interface structures
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Domínguez, Laura Understanding Interfaces : Second language acquisition and first language attrition of Spanish subject realization and word order variation Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing Company,c2013 9789027253170
Subject Second language acquisition.;Language attrition.;Spanish language -- Variation.;Spanish language -- Acquisition
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