iTunes U recording: Pronoun Interpretation in the Second Language

Follow this link to a recording of a public seminar given by Professor Roumyana Slabakova and Prof. Lydia White (McGill University) on Pronoun Interpretation in the Second Language at The Department for Education at the University of Oxford.


A much-studied phenomenon in first language (L1) acquisition concerns the fact that children have greater difficulty in interpreting sentences with pronouns than with reflexives, the so-called Delay of Principle B Effect (DPBE). To investigate this issue, we look at the performance of adult learners of English (L1s French and Spanish) on sentences with reduced and full pronouns bound by referential and quantified antecedents. We will demonstrate that advanced learners are as accurate as native speakers, and will speculate on pedagogical implications of our findings.

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