Prosodic transfer across constructions and domains in L2 inflectional morphology

Austin, Gavin ORCID: and Chang, Heejin ORCID: and Kim, Nayoung and Daly, Eoin (2021) Prosodic transfer across constructions and domains in L2 inflectional morphology. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism. ISSN 1879-9264

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Second language (L2) learners are known to have difficulty producing inflection in obligatory contexts reliably. According to the Prosodic Transfer Hypothesis (PTH), the prosodic organisation of L2 inflection is constrained by the inventory of representations available in the L1. At the same time, this hypothesis does not explicitly limit how freely prosodic representations can be transferred, so that transfer across constructions within the same domain (e.g., verbal domain: L1 tense → L2 agreement) and across domains (e.g., verbal domain: L1 tense → nominal domain: L2 plurals) are both possible in principle. The goal of this study was to determine if the current formulation of the PTH is valid, or must be reined in to exclude transfer across domains in particular. Forty-four Korean learners of English did a spoken sentence-construction task in which they had to produce subject-verb agreement and regular plural inflection. Bayesian hierarchical regression was used to analyse the results. By examining asymmetries in the suppliance of short- vs. long-stemmed inflection, we show that there are no grounds for attaching any stipulations to the PTH along the above lines, as prosodic representations are transferrable not only across constructions but also across domains.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ College (8 Jun 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2021 04:28
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2021 04:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: Second language acquisition, prosodic transfer hypothesis, inflectional morphology, Korean learners of English, Bayesian data analysis
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4703 Language studies > 470306 English as a second language
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4704 Linguistics > 470409 Linguistic structures (incl. phonology, morphology and syntax)
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