Publication details [#63472]

Cunnings, Ian. 2017. Parsing and Working Memory in Bilingual Sentence Processing. Bilingualism 20 (4) : 659–678.
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Cambridge University Press


Based on inquiry exploring L2 sentence processing, this study asserts that a primary source of L1/L2 differences lies in the skill to recover information constructed during sentence processing from memory. In contrast to describing L1/L2 differences in terms of shallow parsing or capacity restrictions, it asserts that L2 speakers are more receptive to retrieval interference when successful understanding needs access to information from memory.