Article published in:Structures, Strategies and Beyond: Studies in honour of Adriana Belletti
Edited by Elisa Di Domenico, Cornelia Hamann and Simona Matteini
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 223] 2015
► pp. 237–256
Transferring strategies and the nature of transfer
I concentrate here on Adriana Belletti’s finding (2007, 2009a in particular) that different languages adopt different (but with a constrained variational pattern) strategies to answer the same question concerning the identification of the subject, and that answering strategies of the first language are characteristically transferred to a second language (Belletti & Leonini 2004; Belletti, Bennati & Sorace 2007). I outline a model in which transfer is an option occurring in the derivation when a formal property of a lexical item is not acquired. I assume that the acquisition of a lexical item functional structure and of its sound- meaning pair (Borer 2005) are dissociated, the latter preceding the former. I finally argue that transfer of strategies in L2 Italian is due to specific properties of pro not (yet) acquired.
Keywords: Answering strategies, functional structure, properties of pro., second language acquisition, transfer
Published online: 27 August 2015
Belletti, Adriana, Bennati, Elisa & Sorace, Antonella
Belletti, Adriana & Leonini, Chiara
Bennati, Elisa & Di Domenico, Elisa
2008 Individual and task- related differences in the L2 acquisition of English ‘s- Genitive Constructions by native speakers of Italian, Poster presented at the XVIII Colóquio de Gramática Generativa, Lisboa, April 17–19.
Carminati, Maria Nella
2002 The Processing of Italian Subject Pronouns. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Massachussetts at Amherst.
de Villiers, Jill
Di Domenico, Elisa
Dulay, Heidy & Burt, Marina
Falk, Ylva & Bardel, Camilla
Genevska – Hanke, Dobrinka
2012 New information focus and null subjects in Bulgarian: An empirical study. Talk delivered at CISCL, University of Siena.
Hamann, Cornelia & Belletti, Adriana
Hamann, Cornelia, Penner, Zvi & Lindner, Katrin
Hermans, Dirk, Bongaerts, Theo, de Bot, Kees & Schreuder, Robert
Hulk, Aafke & Müller, Natasha
Ionin, Tania & Zubizarreta, Maria Luisa
Penner, Zvi & Roeper, Thomas
Schwartz, Bonnie & Sprouse, Rex
Sorace, Antonella & Filiaci, Francesca
Tsimpli, Ianthi, Sorace, Antonella, Heycock, Caroline & Filiaci, Francesca