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First language transfer and long-term structural priming in comprehension

Nitschke, Sanjo; Kidd, Evan; Serratrice, Ludovica


The present study investigated L1 transfer effects in L2 sentence processing and syntactic priming through comprehension in speakers of German and Italian. L1 and L2 speakers of both languages participated in a syntactic priming experiment that aimed to shift their preferred interpretation of ambiguous relative clause constructions. The results suggested that L1 transfer affects L2 processing but not the strength of structural priming, and therefore does not hinder the acquisition of L2 parsing...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Language and Cognitive Processes
DOI: 10.1080/01690960902872793


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