Chapter published in:Interfaces in Grammar
Edited by Jianhua Hu and Haihua Pan
[Language Faculty and Beyond 15] 2019
► pp. 341–362
Syntax/semantics interface and interpretation of Chinese NP1NP2V construction by Japanese speakers
Sorace’s (2005, 2006) Interface Hypothesis proposed that properties of syntax are relatively easier to acquire than ones involving interfaces. The article provides supporting evidence with a study investigating second language (L2) acquisition of the interpretation of Chinese NP1NP2V construction by Japanese speakers. The canonical OSV interpretation for Chinese NP1NP2V is considered a syntactic property. The acceptability of SOV interpretation for Chinese NP1NP2V depends on the combined effects of the semantic compatibility factor and the prominence factor, which involve the syntax-semantics interface. The results show that Japanese speakers can acquire the canonical OSV interpretation; but they have difficulties in accessing prominence to distinguish the acceptable SOV interpretation from the unacceptable one.
Published online: 15 April 2019
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