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Syntactic ambiguity resolution in L1 and L2 Korean: A study of relative clause attachment

Title
Syntactic ambiguity resolution in L1 and L2 Korean: A study of relative clause attachment
Author
이다미
Keywords
모국어와 외국어의 문장처리; 관계대명사 부착; parsing in L1 and L2; relative clause attachment
Issue Date
2004-09
Publisher
한국외국어교육학회
Citation
외국어교육, v. 11, No. 2, Page. 1-19
Abstract
The present study examines the interpretation of Korean relative clauses (RC) by English speakers of L2 Korean. The purpose of the study is to see if these learners employ the same parsing strategy as native Korean speakers in the processing of a complex NP followed by a RC. Processing strategies were investigated with two different conditions, which were distinguished from each other by animacy presence in the second NP of a complex NP (e.g., chayk-ul ilk-nun apeci-uy atul ‘the son of the father who is reading a book’: [+ani, +ani] condition vs. kyosil-ey iss-nun haksayng-uy chayk ‘the book of the student who is in the classroom’: [+ani, -ani] condition). Korean speakers showed equal preference in the [+ani, +ani] condition, while they showed low attachment (LA) preference in the [+ani, -ani] condition. On the other hand, English speakers showed LA preference in both conditions. We assume that this LA preference by the English speakers might have been due to either the universal processing principle (recency) or influence from their L1, both of which make the same attachment site. The source of the Korean speakers diverging behavior is discussed on the basis of difference in verb meaning used in each condition. The discrepancy between the two language groups leads us to propose that English speakers do not rely on the same processing strategies as Korean speakers.
URI
https://information.hanyang.ac.kr/#/eds/detail?an=edsers.235954&dbId=edsershttps://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/151786
ISSN
1226-4628
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COLLEGE OF LANGUAGES & CULTURES[E](국제문화대학) > ENGLISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE(영미언어·문화학과) > Articles
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