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Cross-language influences in L2 syntactic processing and production in late L2 learners

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Is syntactic processing in a second language (L2) influenced by the first language? This chapter reviews studies that address this issue, with an emphasis on work testing cross-linguistic structural priming. Such priming may indicate that the speaker has shared or connected syntactic representations across languages. We first sketch two types of theories of L2 syntactic representations: theories assuming that syntactic sharing increases with experience, and those assuming the opposite trajectory. We then review studies that found cross-linguistic priming in production and in comprehension and discuss how factors such as lexical overlap, proficiency, word order, case marking, and linguistic distance modulate this effect. We conclude with a discussion of the findings in light of current theories of syntactic processing in L2.
Book: Cross-language influences in bilingual processing and second language acquisition / Elgort, I. [edit.]; et al.
Pages: 262 - 293
ISBN:978-90-272-1291-7
Publication year:2023
Keywords:H1 Book chapter
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