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Yoon. Universal Versus Language-Specific Conceptual Effects on Shifted Word-Order Production in Korean: Evidence from Bilinguals

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Title:Yoon. Universal Versus Language-Specific Conceptual Effects on Shifted Word-Order Production in Korean: Evidence from Bilinguals
Authors:Dennison, Heeyeon
Keywords:linguistics
Date Issued:01 Feb 2008
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Linguistics
Citation:Dennison, Heeyeon. 2008. Yoon. Universal Versus Language-Specific Conceptual Effects on Shifted Word-Order Production in Korean: Evidence from Bilinguals. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics 39(2).
Series:University of Hawai‘I at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics
Abstract:Yamashita and Chang (2001) claimed that the long-before-short preference found in Japanese preverbal positions is due to a universal conceptual accessibility difference between long and short phrases (i.e., semantic richness of long phrases). However, the preference could also reflect the development of processing strategies and experience-based components in grammar (Hawkins 2004). To test this, one on-line production experiment and one off-line judgment study were conducted. They examined the long-before-short preference in Korean using proficient bilinguals of Ko.rean and English as well as native speakers of Korean, while also examining the animate-before-inanimate prefer.ence considered to be universal. The results show an experience-specific effect of length on word order (i.e., varia.tion in group behaviors), while finding a universal effect of animacy (i.e., uniformed response patterns from all groups). This study proposes that the long-before-short order is beneficial for the production system to lessen diffi.culty at the verb position. Thus, this ordering preference is not a conceptual effect but a special type of word order that reflects processing strategies influenced by experiences with grammar.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/73222
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Volume:2008
Appears in Collections: Working Papers in Linguistics - 2008


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