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Title: Toward a new understanding of syntactic CLI: evidence from L2 and L3 acquisition
Other Titles: CLI in L2 and L3 Acquisition
Authors: Flynn, Suzanne 
Berkes, Eva 
Keywords: initial state;multilingual development;crosslinguistic influence;empty categories;surface and abstract features;pronoun and null anaphora
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: John Benjamins
Abstract: With the aim to attain a principled understanding of adult L2/L3 acquisition, we present data from a large corpus that focuses on L2/L3 identification of nominal gaps of empty categories. We show that both surface and abstract properties of the target language play significant roles in development. The analyses of amount correct and nature of errors indicate that the initial state in both L2/L3 studies emerge in terms of the learners’ identification of a nominal gap within the given expression but not necessarily in an L1 manner. Based on the finding that CLI is syntactically selective and principled, multilingual development is to be understood as a specific reconstruction and integration of surface and abstract features of the target language.
ISBN: 9789027243768
Rights: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
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