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Responsivity to grammar violations in L2 Japanese speakers

Samuda, Kyra (2019) Responsivity to grammar violations in L2 Japanese speakers. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study examines the effects of cross-language similarity on the sensitivity of English speakers to grammatical violations in their second language, Japanese. Participants were presented with Japanese sentences that were either grammatical or ungrammatical. The word order of grammatical base sentences were modified to create ungrammatical sentences that involved constructions that were 1) similar between Japanese and English (noun-adjective ordering), 2) different between Japanese and English (object-verb ordering), or 3) unique to Japanese (topic marker wa). Performance was measured using reading and response times for the sentences as well as accuracy scores for the grammaticality judgment tasks post-sentence. This study demonstrates results that contrast with previous findings related to cross-language similarity, with similarity having no significant effect on participants’ reading times but having some influence over accuracy, with the “different” condition commanding the highest accuracy, despite little to no sensitivity demonstrated in previous studies.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Samuda, Kyrakys12@pitt.edukys12
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTokowicz,
Committee MemberRice, Caitlincar120@pitt.educar120
Committee MemberFricke,
Committee Membervan Hell,
Date: 26 April 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 15 April 2019
Approval Date: 26 April 2019
Submission Date: 18 April 2019
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Number of Pages: 42
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: cross-language similarity, psycholinguistics
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2019 19:22
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2024 05:15


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