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Journal:   PAZHUHESH-E ZABANHA-YE KHAREJI   WINTER 2008 , Volume - , Number 42; Page(s) 39 To 55.
 
Paper: 

THE INNATENESS OF THE PRINCIPLE A OF BINDING THEORY IN PERSIAN LEARNERS OF ENGLISH

 
 
Author(s):  DARZI A., SAFARI ALI
 
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Abstract: 

Given that Universal Grammar constrains first language grammars, the question is: are interlanguage grammars constrained by UG principles too? The goal of this research is to show that Persian L2 learners of English are equipped with knowledge of binding theoretic principles in the absence of evidence from English and Persian. Grammaticality judgment tests were given to 20 L2 learners of English with Persian as L1. The tests consisted of three types of sentences containing the locality constraint, the c-command condition and the extension of binding domain into the higher clause. The subjects were asked to determine the binder of reflexives and to differentiate between reflexive and emphatic pronouns. Subjects judged the sentences with accuracy between 80% and 87%. Out of 20 subjects, 15 scored higher than the 3/4 criterion. As such we concluded that interlanguage grammars are constrained by principle A which L2 learners have not learned from L2 input or L1 grammar.

 
Keyword(s): ANAPHORS, DIRECT ACCESS HYPOTHESIS, GOVERNING CATEGORY, POVERTY OF STIMULUS, UNIVERSAL GRAMMAR
 
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