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Reassessing the Applicability of Processability Theory: The case of nominal plural

Charters, Helen; Dao, Loan; Jansen, Louise


This article identifies empirical evidence (Dao, 2007; in preparation) conflicting with Processability Theory's (PT) prediction that in acquisition of English as a second language (ESL), plural-marking emerges first in bare nouns and only later in numeric expressions. Specifically, it presents results from Dao's (2007) cross-sectional study of ESL in 36 Vietnamese learners, which was designed to test PT's predictions that inflections emerge in lexical contexts before agreement in phrasal...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Second Language Research
DOI: 10.1177/0267658311405923


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