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Title:Universal Grammar Access by Adult L2 Learners: A Reassessment of Past Research With a Retest of Schachter's Classic
Author(s):Edwards, Cecil David
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Wardrop, James L.
Department / Program:Education
Discipline:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Education, Bilingual and Multicultural
Abstract:L2 learners whose first language (L1) backgrounds (i.e., German/Dutch and Indonesian) display the principle of Subjacency, and who are at an advanced level of proficiency, were compared as a group in their performance to a group of L1 speakers of the target language on a 66-item grammaticality judgment test probing UG access via wh-fronting. L2 learners whose L1 backgrounds (i.e., Chinese and Korean) do not display the principle of Subjacency, and who are at an advanced level of proficiency, also were compared. The results were contrary to Schachter's findings. Advanced adult learners whose L1s were of the non-wh-fronted variety were able to perform with comparable accuracy to L1 English speakers, so that they appear to have UG access. Decision times and confidence ratings yielded little insight, since no consistent patterns emerged that could be interpreted logically.
Issue Date:1998
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:112 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/80247
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9904440
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1998


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