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dc.contributor.authorReichle, Robert V.
dc.date.accessioned2013-03-06T19:02:02Z
dc.date.available2013-03-06T19:02:02Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.citationRobert Reichle. 2010. "Judgments of information structure in L2 French: Nativelike performance and the Critical Period Hypothesis" International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching 48, 53-85.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0019-042X
dc.identifier.urihttp://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/13502
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10843/13502
dc.description.abstractPrevious studies using judgments of morphosyntactic errors have shown mixed evidence for a critical period for L2 acquisition (e.g., Birdsong & Molis 2001, Johnson & Newport 1989). This study uses anomalies in the domain of information structure, the interface between syntactic form and pragmatic function, to shed light on the effect of age of arrival on L2 performance. In two experiments, high-proficiency L2 speakers of French were presented with sentence pairs containing either expected or anomalous information structure. Subjects judged each exchange as acceptable or unacceptable. A weak postmaturational effect of age on acceptability task performance was observed, along with a high degree of nativelike performance. These results are incompatible with the traditional notion of a critical period for second language acquisition in this domain of language, and also suggest that long periods of immersion in the L2 environment can lead to nativelike performance on tasks relating to information structure.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherWalter de Gruyteren_US
dc.subjectL2 acquisitionen_US
dc.subjectnativelike performanceen_US
dc.titleJudgments of Information Structure in L2 French: Nativelike Performance and the Critical Period Hypothesisen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.altlocation.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1515/iral.2010.003en_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Foreign Languages and Literatures


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