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Acceptable ungrammaticality in sentence matching

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JournalSecond Language Research
DatePublished - 1 Apr 2007
Issue number2
Volume23
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)155-177
Original languageEnglish

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This article presents a new set of experiments using the sentence-matching paradigm (Forster, 1979; Freedman and Forster, 1985; see also Bley-Vroman and Masterson, 1989), investigating native speakers' and second language (L2) learners' knowledge of constraints on clitic placement in French. Our purpose is three-fold:• to shed more light on the contrasts between native speakers and L2 learners observed in previous experiments, especially Duffield and White (1999), and Duffield et al . (2002);• to address some of the specific criticisms of the sentence-matching paradigm levelled by Gass (2001); and• to provide a firm empirical basis for follow-up experiments with L2 learners.The results reported here provide some confirmation of the validity of Duffield et al.'s earlier work, and help to adjudicate among competing interpretations of the previous effects.

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10.1177/0267658307076544

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