Integration of Verbal and Constructional Information in the Second Language Processing of English Dative Constructions

Hyunwoo Kim, Gyu-Ho Shin, Haerim Hwang

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Abstract

This study investigated the effects of construction types on Korean-L1 English-L2 learners’ verbconstruction integration in online processing by presenting the ditransitive and prepositional dative constructions and manipulating the verb’s association strength within these constructions. Results of a self-paced reading experiment showed that the L2 group spent longer times in the verb–construction integration in the postverbal complement region when processing the ditransitive construction, which is less canonical and highly avoided in the learners’ L1, than when processing the prepositional dative construction, which is more canonical and shares similar structural features with the L1 counterpart. In the following spillover region, L2 learners showed faster reading times as proficiency increased when the verb was strongly associated with the prepositional dative construction. Our findings expand the scope of current models on L2 sentence processing by suggesting that construction types and L2 proficiency may affect the L2 integration of verbal and constructional information.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)825-847
Number of pages23
JournalStudies in Second Language Acquisition
Volume42
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Sep

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