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Title: The development of the syntax-discourse interface: Greek learners of Spanish
Authors: Lozano, Cristóbal
Issue Date: 2006
Abstract: Recent acquisitional studies reveal that formal properties at the lexicon-syntax interface are in place before discursive properties at the syntax-information structure interface. It has been argued that this phenomenon results from learners’ deficits with interpretable discursive features like [focus]. This study claims that the phenomenon derives from learners’ deficits with the un-interpretable formal features responsible for regulating the occurrence of discursive focus, whereas learners’ representation of interpretable focus features are intact. This claim was tested by conducting a study with Greek learners of non-native Spanish at three proficiency levels. Learners judged Subject-Verb and Verb-Subject order with intransitives (unergatives and unaccusatives), which is constrained both formally (Unaccusative Hypothesis at the lexicon-syntax interface) and discursively (presentational focus at the syntax-information structure interface).
Sponsorship: Economic and social research council (ESRC), UK / Reino Unido. Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia
Keywords: Second language acquisition
Adquisición de segundas lenguas
Syntax-discourse interface
Information structure
Estructura informativa
Word order
Orden de palabras
L2 Spanish
Español como segunda lengua
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10481/22166
ISBN: 978 90 272 5301 9
Rights : Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License
Citation: Lozano, C. (2006). The development of the syntax-discourse interface: Greek learners of Spanish. En: Torrens, V. ; Escobar, L. (ed.) The acquisition of syntax in romance languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. pp. 371-399. [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/22166]
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