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標題: The matrix-embedded Subject Asymmetry in L2 English: A Pilot Study
作者: Kong, Stano
關鍵字: pro-drop;null subject;topicalization;UG;partial access
出版社: 臺中市:國立中興大學外國語文學系
Project: Intergrams, Volume 8, Issue 1, Page(s) 1-28.
The pilot study tests proposals made by Yuan (1997) and Kong (2005) in relation to the issue of parameter resetting in the acquisition of arguments by Chinese speaker of L2 English. Findings of the study lend partial support to the claim made by Yuan on the acquisition of overt objects which suggests that learners continue to allow null objects in their English because positive evidence in relation to the functional category features is not available. They also display some interesting findings on the matrix and embedded subject positions to which Yuan's claim that the recognition of the features of Infl in English triggers Chinese speakers to unlearn null subjects offers no explanation. Instead, they can be accounted for using a proposal made by Kong (2005), following Tsimpli and Roussou (1991), that what appears to be a parameter resetting is in fact an adjustment of L2 setting to match with the L1 setting. A potential explanation to the finding on the matrix-embedded subject asymmetry is offered.
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