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Item Description Park, Kyae-Sung en_US 2011-06-09T21:41:07Z 2011-06-09T21:41:07Z 2007 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study examined L2 poverty-of-the-stimulus problem, namely, the L2 acquisition of “parasitic gap constructions” in English by adult native speakers of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. First, the counterparts of the parasitic gap phenomena in the L2 learners’ native language are typologically different from those of English; thus, the acquisition of English parasitic gaps cannot be accounted for by L1 knowledge. In addition, the phenomena are not the focus of instruction in English language classes; thus, they are not available from explicit positive or negative evidence, either. Finally, possible English parasitic gap constructions are very rare in the input and impossible ones are absent in the input. Taken together, English parasitic gaps constitute a poverty-of-the-stimulus problem to native speakers of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean learning English as a second language. The study focuses on whether, and if so, how, L2 learners (come to) have knowledge of English parasitic gap constructions. en_US
dc.format.extent 49 pages en_US
dc.subject poverty-of-stimulus en_US
dc.subject parasitic gap en_US
dc.subject UG approach en_US
dc.subject acceptability judgement test en_US
dc.subject comparative study en_US
dc.title The L2 Acquisition of English Parasitic Gaps en_US

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