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Processing empty categories in a second language : When naturalistic exposure fills the (intermediate) gap

Processing empty categories in a second language : When naturalistic exposure fills the (intermediate) gap

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PLIATSIKAS, Christos, Theodoros MARINIS, 2013. Processing empty categories in a second language : When naturalistic exposure fills the (intermediate) gap. In: Bilingualism : Language and Cognition. 16(1), pp. 167-182. ISSN 1366-7289. eISSN 1469-1841. Available under: doi: 10.1017/S136672891200017X

@article{Pliatsikas2013-01Proce-42483, title={Processing empty categories in a second language : When naturalistic exposure fills the (intermediate) gap}, year={2013}, doi={10.1017/S136672891200017X}, number={1}, volume={16}, issn={1366-7289}, journal={Bilingualism : Language and Cognition}, pages={167--182}, author={Pliatsikas, Christos and Marinis, Theodoros} }

terms-of-use Pliatsikas, Christos An ongoing debate on second language (L2) processing revolves around whether or not L2 learners process syntactic information similarly to monolinguals (L1), and what factors lead to a native-like processing. According to the Shallow Structure Hypothesis (Clahsen & Felser, 2006a), L2 learners’ processing does not include abstract syntactic features, such as intermediate gaps of wh-movement, but relies more on lexical/semantic information. Other researchers have suggested that naturalistic L2 exposure can lead to native-like processing (Dussias, 2003). This study investigates the effect of naturalistic exposure in processing wh-dependencies. Twenty-six advanced Greek learners of L2 English with an average nine years of naturalistic exposure, 30 with classroom exposure, and 30 native speakers of English completed a self-paced reading task with sentences involving intermediate gaps. L2 learners with naturalistic exposure showed evidence of native-like processing of the intermediate gaps, suggesting that linguistic immersion can lead to native-like abstract syntactic processing in the L2. Marinis, Theodoros Marinis, Theodoros 2018-05-30T12:52:43Z Pliatsikas, Christos Processing empty categories in a second language : When naturalistic exposure fills the (intermediate) gap 2018-05-30T12:52:43Z 2013-01 eng

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