This study investigates the validity of Pinker’s (1991, 1999) Dual-Mechanism Model in the mental representation of regular and irregular active past perfective verbs in adult non-native Greek. In this model, regular inflection is computed by a symbolic rule, while irregular words are fully stored in the lexicon. A nonce-probe elicitation task showed that both natives and non-natives generalized the regular affix -s, and more so in regular than in irregular perfective verb stems. Moreover, the degree of similarity of the nonce verbs to real ones did not affect the affixation of regulars. Dissimilar irregulars were affixed less often than similar ones by the intermediate learners but neither by the advanced learners, nor by the natives. Our findings support computation for regulars, as proposed by the Dual Mechanism Model, both in native and in non-native language acquisition. Yet, the model’s claim for full storage of all irregular words is not verified.
2019. The Generalization of Inflectional and Derivational Patterns to Novel Stems by L1 Turkish Learners of L2 English. Dilbilim Araştırmaları Dergisi 30:1 ► pp. 103 ff.
Clahsen, Harald, Maria Martzoukou & Stavroula Stavrakaki
2010. The perfective past tense in Greek as a second language. Second Language Research 26:4 ► pp. 501 ff.
Dosi, Ifigeneia & Despina Papadopoulou
2020. The role of educational setting in the development of verbal aspect and executive functions: evidence from Greek-German bilingual children. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 23:8 ► pp. 964 ff.
Ioannou, Sophia & Dina Tsagari
2022. Effects of Recasts, Metalinguistic Feedback, and Students’ Proficiency on the Acquisition of Greek Perfective Past Tense. Languages 7:1 ► pp. 40 ff.
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