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Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED LINGUISTICS (IJAL)   MARCH 2006 , Volume 9 , Number 1; Page(s) 17 To 37.
 
Paper: 

THE INTERFACE OF SYNTAX AND SEMANTICS IN L2

 
 
Author(s):  MAREFAT H.*
 
* UNIVERSITY OF TEHRAN
 
Abstract: 

Data from adult L2 learners were used to test the psychological reality of the finding in linguistics that the reason some verbs alternate and others do not is strictly determined by the verb’s meaning (Pinker, 1989; Levin and Rappaport Hovav, 1995). The paper outlines the syntactic and semantic structure of the English dative verbs and then examines the learners’ knowledge of the syntactic consequences of the verbs the semantics of which they demonstrate to know. The results provide evidence for the lack of any overlap between the two types of knowledge. The learners demonstrate appropriate knowledge of the semantics of verbs. However, they exploit in a significant number of cases only one form of the two available syntactic forms. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications of this study for learnability issues and outlines areas for further research.

 
Keyword(s): SYNTAX-SEMANTICS INTERFACE, DATIVE ALTERNATION, DOUBLE OBJECT DATIVES, PREPOSITIONAL DATIVES, LEARNABILITY ISSUES
 
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