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In this study, we investigate the role of the head-initial/head-final parameter in adult second language (L2) acquisition of English. Sixty Chinese speaking adults were tested in their elicited production of complex sentences which involved pre-and postposed adverbial subordinate clauses both...
One of the tasks of second language acquisition research is to determine the ‘linguistic’ nature of interlanguage systems. To achieve this goal it is mandatory to formulate the properties of learners' grammars in terms of the theoretical constructs proposed by linguistic theory. I have...
The aim of this paper is to examine how a revised contrastive analysis, based on Chomsky's Government Binding Theory, can be a contribution to L2 acquisition research. The paper illustrates in detail how a contrastive approach in terms of parametric variation between languages may explain...
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