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This article provides a comprehensive synthesis of research on language attrition to date, with a view to establishing a theoretically sound basis for future research in the domain of second languageExpand
Paths in first language acquisition : motion through space in English, French and Japanese
Findings suggest that whilst the typology remains broadly descriptive, there is no language-particular grammar involved in this variation of PATH, and both directional V and a fully articulated pp structure are available in all three languages, show no discernable development, and are presumably part of the machinery of Universal Grammar. Expand
What Else Transfers
In his seminal paper on the ‘fundamental difference’ between first and second language (L1 and L2) acquisition, Bley-Vroman (1990) proposed that this disparity is due to the lack of continued accessExpand
The lexicon in second language attrition : what happens when the cat ' s got your tongue ?
In this chapter, we expand the conceptual framework of research on second language attrition by invoking an expansive notion of the lexicon, which, in addition to vocabulary, contains items below theExpand
Spatial Feature Assembly in First and Second Language Acquisition
  • D. Stringer
  • Computer Science
  • Spatial Cogn. Comput.
  • 1 October 2012
This paper extends the view of lexical feature assembly and reassembly articulated by Lardiere into the open-class lexicon and into the realm of motion events, and reveals that variation in the syntax of motionEvents within French at all stages of development is of the same ilk as variation across languages. Expand
Motion Events in L 2 Acquisition : A Lexicalist Account
Several researchers have suggested that Talmy’s (1985, 1991) typology of motion events, according to which languages opt to systematically encode PATH (or ‘direction’) in verbs (‘cross the riverExpand
Straight on through to Universal Grammar: Spatial modifiers in second language acquisition
Evidence of a flow of information ostensibly in the opposite direction, from meaning to grammar, at the interface between lexical semantics and syntax is provided, revealing that with the semantics of modifiers in place, the syntactic hierarchy is naturally manifested. Expand
The development of PATHS: Spatial complexity and the multiple predicate strategy
Elicited production data from English, French and Japanese children reveal that predicates of ‘traversal’ (e.g. across, through) present a particular lexicalization difficulty in the early stages ofExpand
Unconventional Expressions: Productive syntax in the L2 acquisition of formulaic language
A generative analysis of the acquisition of formulaic language as an alternative to current usage-based proposals shows that while learners exhibit knowledge of both contextualized use and the lexical core of conventional expressions, production data reflect the morphosyntactic knowledge of learners at particular stages of development. Expand