Investigating L2 Learners ' Reanalysis Processes After Garden Paths

1045 WordsNov 19, 20165 Pages
1. Introduction This proposal aims to investigate L2 learners’ reanalysis processes after garden paths (GP). Recent L1 studies have suggested the lingering first interpretation even after attempts at reanalysis. For example, when the parser reads the sentence, ‘While Anna dressed the baby spit up on the bed’, it often persists in the interpretation ‘Anna dressed the baby’ despite the globally-correct interpretation being ‘Anna dressed herself’ (Christianson et al., 2001). This phenomenon is attributed not to the incapability of revising the initially assigned interpretation but to the failure in erasing the residual memory of the interpretation (Slattery et al., 2013). Contrary to L1 reanalysis processes, L2 reanalysis processes remain largely unexplored (e.g. Jacob & Felser, 2016). Thus, this proposal will address L2 learners’ reanalysis processes. 2. Experiment 1 and 2 Experiment 1 and 2 are designed to examine the parser’s final interpretation of the object-subject ambiguity. For this purpose, 48 sentences, exemplified in (1a) and (1b), have been created (1a). After the mother dressed her son had some lunch at the small table. (GP) (1b). After the mother dressed, her son had some lunch at the small table. (Non-GP) The sentence (1a) contains GP and thus requires reanalysis at ‘had’, whereas (1b) does not due to a comma placed after ‘dressed’. If the parser ends up in the interpretation ‘the mother dressed herself’

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