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Optionality and overgeneralisation patterns in second language acquisition: Where has the expletive ensconced «it»self?

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Nadia Varley

This book discusses the nature of optionality in second language grammars and the indeterminacy observed in second language users’ linguistic representations. For these purposes, experimental data from 213 learners of German and 150 learners of Russian have been collected and analysed with a special focus on the acquisition of various «subjectless» and impersonal constructions as well as argument licensing. Whereas voice alternations and argument licensing are topics amply discussed in theoretical domains, their practical implementation within second language research has remained a research lacuna. This piece of work intends to fill the gap.

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Potsdam Linguistic Investigations Potsdamer Linguistische Untersuchungen Recherches Linguistiques à Potsdam Nadia Varley OptiOnality and OvergeneralisatiOn patterns in secOnd language acquisitiOn: Where has the expletive enscOnced it self? N ad ia V ar le y · O p ti o n al it y an d o ve rg en er al is at io n p at te rn s in s ec o n d la n g u ag e ac q u is it io n 18 This book discusses the nature of optionality in second language grammars and the indeterminacy observed in second language users’ linguistic representa- tions. For these purposes, experimental data from 213 learners of German and 150 learners of Russian have been collected and analysed with a special focus on the acquisition of various “subjectless” and impersonal constructions as well as argument licensing. Whereas voice alternations and argument licensing are topics amply discussed in theoretical domains, their practical implementation within second language research has remained a research lacuna. This piece of work intends to fill the gap. Nadia Varley received her PhD in Germanic Linguistics at the University of Wuppertal. Her research focuses on syntax, interface phenomena and second language acquisition. She is also interested in the empirical verification of the theoretical claims within the framework of Generative Grammar. www.peterlang.com ISBN 978-3-631-66798-9 Potsdam Linguistic Investigations Potsdamer Linguistische Untersuchungen Recherches Linguistiques à Potsdam Nadia Varley OptiOnality and OvergeneralisatiOn patterns in secOnd language acquisitiOn: Where has the expletive enscOnced it self? N ad ia V ar le y...

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