L1 effects on the processing of grammatical gender in L2

L Sabourin

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    This paper explores L1 effects on the L2 off-line processing of Dutch (grammatical gender) agreement The L2 participants had either German, English or a Romance language as their L1. Non-gender agreement (finiteness and agreement) was tested to ascertain the level of proficiency of the participants It was found that the German and Romance groups did not differ from the native speaker controls while the English group performed significantly worse For the two grammatical gender experiments clear effects of L1 were found No groups performed at a level similar to the native speakers, but of the L2 groups a hierarchy of performance was found The German group performed the best, then the Romance group followed by the lower proficient English group This was taken to mean that not only having grammatical gender in the L1 was an important factor but that the grammatical gender had to be similar in order for the L2 distinctions to be learnt.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEurosla yearbook
    EditorsS. Foster-Cohen, A. Nizegorodcew
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishers
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)90-272-5151-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    EventAnnual Conference of the European-Second-Language-Association - , Poland
    Duration: 7-Sept-200010-Sept-2000


    OtherAnnual Conference of the European-Second-Language-Association


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