Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
In coping with variability in morphological production in L2 acquisition, which represents a
challenge for the parameter (re-)setting theories, Lardiere (2008) proposed the feature reassembly hypothesis in which sequential difficulty in L2 acquisition of morpho-syntactic features
is captured by the processes of (re-)assembly and mapping of features onto their morphological
realizations. Slabakova (2009, 2013) incorporated Lardiere’s proposal in establishing a scale of
difficulty in learning semantic properties (e.g. definiteness) which is based on whether
reassembly is needed and whether the universal meaning is obtained by overt morphology or
context (See also Ramchand & Svenonius, 2008). In considering the truth-conditional aspect of
meaning, the feature-based framework is not powerful enough to account for the variability of
interpretations that L2 learners come to learn. Take as an example the acquisition of English
comparatives by Japanese L2 learners. We discuss the L2 acquisition of a special type of syntaxsemantics mismatch in which in which a certain meaningprimitive (i.e., comparative and tense)
is expressed using different truth conditions in the native and target language.
Abu Helal, Abdel-Rahman, "Logical Form in the Second Language: An Investigation into Quantification in Interlanguage" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 2032.