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Gender and number agreement in nonnative Spanish
This paper reports on an experiment investigating the acquisition of Spanish, a language that has a gender feature for nouns and gender agreement for determiners and adjectives, by speakers of aExpand
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Adverb placement in second language acquisition: some effects of positive and negative evidence in the classroom
This paper focuses on a parametric difference between French and English, namely the issue of whether or not the language allows verb movement. The lack of verb-raising in English causes a potentialExpand
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Universal Grammar and second language acquisition
This book explores the relationship between linguistic universals and second language acquisition. Expand
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How native is near-native? The issue of ultimate attainment in adult second language acquisition
A number of studies have reported that there is a negative correlation between age of L2 acquisition and performance on a variety of measures of L2 ability, and that individuals who begin learning anExpand
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Ultimate Attainment of L2 Inflection: Effects of L1 Prosodic Structure
Many L2 speakers fail to supply functional morphology consistently in production. In this paper, the Prosodic Transfer Hypothesis (PTH) is proposed, where this is attributed to L1 constraints onExpand
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The Second Language Acquisition of Spanish DPS: the Status of Grammatical Features
Current research on the nature of interlanguage (IL) representation focuses on properties of functional categories (Det, Comp, Infl, etc.), investigating the extent to which IL grammars diverge fromExpand
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Positive Evidence and Preemption in the Second Language Classroom
In this paper we show that supplying positive evidence in the second language (L2) classroom does not necessarily trigger the appropriate L2 value of a parameter of Universal Grammar. The parameterExpand
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Ultimate attainment in interlanguage grammars: a prosodic approach
In this article, we argue against the Representational Deficit Hypothesis, according to which second language (L2) speakers can never acquire functional categories or features that are absent in theExpand
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Argument structure in second language acquisition
This paper investigates the effects of the first language (LI) on second language (L2) argument structure, in two situations: (i) LI sentences form a superset of those permitted in the L2; (ii) L2Expand
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