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Lexicalized structural priming in second language online sentence comprehension

Hang Wei, Julie E. Boland, Jonathan Brennan, Fang Yuan, Min Wang and Chi Zhang UGent (2018) SECOND LANGUAGE RESEARCH.
abstract
Prior work has shown intriguing differences between L1 and L2 comprehension priming of relative clauses. We investigated English reduced relative clause priming in Chinese adult learners of English. Participants of different education levels read sentences in a self-paced, moving window paradigm. Critical sentences had a temporarily ambiguous reduced relative clause. Across lists, critical sentences were rotated, so that they occurred either as prime or as target, and had either the same or different verb as the critical sentence with which they were paired. Prime/target pairs were separated by several filler sentences, which never contained a relative clause. Mean reading times for the disambiguating region in the target sentences were faster than in the prime sentences, but only in the same-verb condition, not in the different-verb condition. This pattern of results is consistent with L1 comprehension priming research, suggesting that similar lexically specific mechanisms are involved in L1 and L2 comprehension priming of reduced relative clauses. These findings are in line with lexicalist accounts of sentence comprehension (e.g., MacDonald et al., 1994), according to which syntactic information is bound to specific words. In addition, these findings argue against theories that postulate fundamental differences in processing of L1 and L2 (e.g., Clahsen and Felser, 2006a, 2006b).
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Structural priming in L2 comprehension
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Sentence comprehension, structural priming, syntactic representations, relative clauses, second language
journal title
SECOND LANGUAGE RESEARCH
publisher
SAGE Publications
ISSN
0267-6583
1477-0326
DOI
10.1177/0267658317723684
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English
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8558076
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8558076
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http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0267658317723684
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2018-04-03 09:42:56
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@article{8558076,
  abstract     = {Prior work has shown intriguing differences between L1 and L2 comprehension priming of relative clauses. We investigated English reduced relative clause priming in Chinese adult learners of English. Participants of different education levels read sentences in a self-paced, moving window paradigm. Critical sentences had a temporarily ambiguous reduced relative clause. Across lists, critical sentences were rotated, so that they occurred either as prime or as target, and had either the same or different verb as the critical sentence with which they were paired. Prime/target pairs were separated by several filler sentences, which never contained a relative clause. Mean reading times for the disambiguating region in the target sentences were faster than in the prime sentences, but only in the same-verb condition, not in the different-verb condition. This pattern of results is consistent with L1 comprehension priming research, suggesting that similar lexically specific mechanisms are involved in L1 and L2 comprehension priming of reduced relative clauses. These findings are in line with lexicalist accounts of sentence comprehension (e.g., MacDonald et al., 1994), according to which syntactic information is bound to specific words. In addition, these findings argue against theories that postulate fundamental differences in processing of L1 and L2 (e.g., Clahsen and Felser, 2006a, 2006b).},
  author       = {Wei, Hang and Boland, Julie E. and Brennan, Jonathan and Yuan, Fang and Wang, Min and Zhang, Chi},
  issn         = {0267-6583},
  journal      = {SECOND LANGUAGE RESEARCH},
  keyword      = {Sentence comprehension,structural priming,syntactic representations,relative clauses,second language},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications},
  title        = {Lexicalized structural priming in second language online sentence comprehension},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0267658317723684},
  year         = {2018},
}

Chicago
Wei, Hang, Julie E. Boland, Jonathan Brennan, Fang Yuan, Min Wang, and Chi Zhang. 2018. “Lexicalized Structural Priming in Second Language Online Sentence Comprehension.” Second Language Research.
APA
Wei, Hang, Boland, J. E., Brennan, J., Yuan, F., Wang, M., & Zhang, C. (2018). Lexicalized structural priming in second language online sentence comprehension. SECOND LANGUAGE RESEARCH.
Vancouver
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Wei H, Boland JE, Brennan J, Yuan F, Wang M, Zhang C. Lexicalized structural priming in second language online sentence comprehension. SECOND LANGUAGE RESEARCH. SAGE Publications; 2018;
MLA
Wei, Hang, Julie E. Boland, Jonathan Brennan, et al. “Lexicalized Structural Priming in Second Language Online Sentence Comprehension.” SECOND LANGUAGE RESEARCH (2018): n. pag. Print.