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ASYMMETRIES IN SUB-EXTRACTION OUT OF NP IN SLOVENIAN
Penka Stateva, Manca Mušič, Artur Stepanov, 2016, original scientific article

Abstract: In this work, we aim to clarify the empirical paradigm that bears on two aspects of syntactic locality in Slovenian. First, building on previous work, we investigate how robustly Slovenian observes the syntactic locality constraint precluding constituent sub-extraction out of subject noun phrases. Second, we ask whether Slovenian allows Left Branch Extraction in interrogative and non-interrogative sentences. To elucidate both issues, we conducted a magnitude estimation study, the results of which support our previous claim that there is a subject island effect in Slovenian. Furthermore, our results suggest that Slovenian disallows Left Branch Extraction, in contrast with some other Slavic languages. We also discuss theoretical consequences of our empirical findings.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...paradigm that bears on two aspects of syntactic locality in Slovenian. First, building on previous... ...previous claim that there is a subject island effect in Slovenian. Furthermore, our results suggest...
Keywords: syntactic island, Left Branch extraction, magnitude estimation, Slovenian
Published: 03.01.2017; Views: 2022; Downloads: 152
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Two (non-)islands in Slovenian
Manca Mušič, Penka Stateva, Arthur Stepanov, 2018, original scientific article

Abstract: There exists a controversy in the literature and among the speakers of Slovenian concerning the grammaticality of wh-island and subject island constructions in this language. We conducted an acceptability rating study of wh-islands and subject islands in Slovenian, using the factorial definition of island. This definition provides for a possibility to isolate a true island effect while controlling for two complexity factors that potentially interfere in speakers’ evaluation of the relevant sentences: the length of the respective movement dependency and the presence of an island structure itself. We found that (i) Slovenian speakers do judge the wh-island sentences worse than the respective controls, but the observed degradation cannot be attributed to a true island effect; (ii) subject extraction out of a wh-island leads to a so called reverse island effect whereby the acceptability is higher than expected even if the above two complexity factors are taken into consideration; and (iii) speakers are sensitive to the subject island effect, as predicted by the mainstream theories of syntactic locality. The results of our study contribute to establishing a solid empirical base for further theoretical investigations of the island effects and raise new questions about the role of processing factors in speakers’ evaluations of island constructions.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...as predicted by the mainstream theories of syntactic locality. The results of our study contribute... ...speakers of Slovenian concerning the grammaticality of wh- island and subject island constructions in this language....
Keywords: syntactic island, experimental syntax, Subjacency, Empty Category Principle, Slovenian
Published: 11.06.2018; Views: 1373; Downloads: 0
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Anomaly detection in processing of complex syntax by early L2 learners
Artur Stepanov, Sara Andreetta, Penka Stateva, Adam Zawiszewski, Itziar Laka, 35, original scientific article

Abstract: This study investigates the processing of long-distance syntactic dependencies by native speakers of Slovenian (L1) who are advanced learners of Italian as a second language (L2), compared with monolingual Italian speakers. Using a self-paced reading task, we compare sensitivity of the early-acquired L2 learners to syntactic anomalies in their L2 in two empirical domains: (1) syntactic islands, for which the learners’ L1 and L2 grammars provide a converging characterization, and (2) verb–clitic constructions, for which the respective L1 and L2 grammatical descriptions diverge. We find that although our L2 learners show native-like processing patterns in the former, converging, grammatical domain, they may nevertheless perform non-native-like with respect to syntactic phenomena in which the L1 and L2 grammars do not align, despite the early age of L2 acquisition. Implications for theories of L2 acquisition and endstate are discussed.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...This study investigates the processing of long-distance syntactic dependencies by native speakers of Slovenian (L1)...
Keywords: bilingualism, clitic, Italian, sentence processing, Slovenian, syntactic island
Published: 21.02.2019; Views: 937; Downloads: 37
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