Resetting parameters in Chinese speakers’ acquisition of Korean wh-phrase with [±Q] feature

Sun Hee Park, Jin Jeong, Hyunwoo Kim

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Abstract

Park, Sun Hee, Jin Jeong, and Hyunwoo Kim. 2021. Resetting parameters in Chinese speakers’ acquisition of Korean wh-phrase with [±Q] feature. Linguistic Research 38(Special Edition): 53–75. This study investigated whether Chinese speakers can acquire features associated with the embedded wh-phrase in Korean. Researchers have made different predictions regarding L2 parameter resetting. Some approaches claim that L1 parameter values can be successfully reset to L2-specfic values, whereas others predict consistent difficulty in L2 parameter resetting. Our analyses of an acceptability judgment task showed that despite the lack of relevant information in their L1, Chinese-speaking learners of Korean had target-like knowledge of the morphological constraints associated with the features that icense wh-phrases in Korean embedded clauses. We also found that learner performance was modulated by their Korean proficiency. These findings align with the view that parameter resetting is possible in L2 acquisition insofar as L2 proficiency is sufficiently high.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-75
Number of pages23
JournalLinguistic Research
Volume38
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Sep

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  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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