Interpretation of English Reflexives by Child and Adult L2 Learners
By Amer Al Kafri
Published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing
This book casts new light on the debate of adult L2 learners’ access to Universal Grammar (UG) by comparing the performance of adult L2 learners with that of child L2 learners. The study in this book compares Arabic- and Chinese-speaking child and adult L2 learners’ acquisition of English reflexives, particularly concentrating on the differences between child and adult L2 learners in terms of their a) acquisition of the local binding of English reflexives, b) obedience of UG constraints on reflexives and c) knowledge of the syntactic differences between reflexives and pronouns.
The findings of this study will be of interest to L2 researchers in generative grammar, in general, and in second language acquisition, in particular.
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