I don't know why did they accept that: Grammaticality judgements of negation and questions in L1 Danish and L1 Finnish learners of English

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In a Grammaticality Judgement test of main clause and embedded sentential negation, yes-no questions, and wh-questions, performance was less accurate on embedded constructions than on main clause constructions across Experienced and Inexperienced L1 Danish and L1 Finnish learners of English . Likewise, accuracy scores were higher for negation than for questions across L2 groups. Comparisons between groups revealed that Inexperienced L1 Finnish learners accepted do-support in embedded wh-questions more often than the other L2 groups and the native speaker baseline. This may be interpreted as an instance of cross-linguistic overcorrection, given that neither English nor Finnish embedded wh-questions have I°-to-C° movement. No other between-group differences were observed. The results support Hawkins’ Modulated Structure building model claiming that the acquisition of L2 syntax involves incremental structure building.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLet us have articles betwixt us : Papers in Historical and Comparative Linguistics in Honour of Johanna L. Wood
EditorsSten Vikner, Henrik Jørgensen, Elly van Gelderen
Number of pages39
Place of PublicationAarhus
PublisherDepartment of English – School of Communication and Culture – Aarhus University
Publication year1 Feb 2016
Pages221-259
ISBN (print)978-87-91134-03-6
ISBN (electronic)978-87-7507-359-7
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2016

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