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The L2 Acquisition of French Interrogatives: Pragmatic Inferences in Clefted wh-Questions

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Department of French and Italian, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA
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Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
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Languages 2021, 6(4), 165; https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6040165
Received: 14 July 2021 / Revised: 6 October 2021 / Accepted: 7 October 2021 / Published: 11 October 2021
The present study aims to elaborate on the understanding of the second language (L2) acquisition of French interrogatives by focusing on clefted (subject) wh-questions, structures that are largely absent in prior L2 literature. Our research question addresses how L2 learners of French understand two specific properties associated with these interrogatives: existence and exhaustivity. Using two rating tasks, we examined whether a total of 48 L2 learners converge towards the native norm for these properties, which occur at the syntax-discourse interface and may therefore be vulnerable to incomplete acquisition, following the Interface Hypothesis. Our findings suggest that L2 learners at the intermediate level acquire an understanding of the existential inference before an understanding of exhaustivity. View Full-Text
Keywords: cleft; questions; French; presupposition; existence; exhaustivity; information structure cleft; questions; French; presupposition; existence; exhaustivity; information structure
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Destruel, E.; Donaldson, B. The L2 Acquisition of French Interrogatives: Pragmatic Inferences in Clefted wh-Questions. Languages 2021, 6, 165. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6040165

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Destruel E, Donaldson B. The L2 Acquisition of French Interrogatives: Pragmatic Inferences in Clefted wh-Questions. Languages. 2021; 6(4):165. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6040165

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Destruel, Emilie, and Bryan Donaldson. 2021. "The L2 Acquisition of French Interrogatives: Pragmatic Inferences in Clefted wh-Questions" Languages 6, no. 4: 165. https://doi.org/10.3390/languages6040165

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