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Specificity and Animacy in the Acquisition of DOM in Persian as L2

Publication: Revue roumaine de linguistique, LVIII (4), p. 419-438
Publisher:Editura Academiei
Abstract:The present paper presents findings on the learning of the differential object marker rā in Persian as L2 by speakers of L1 Romanian. In both Persian and Romanian differential object marking is constrained by specificity, but it is only in Romanian that the animacy feature plays an important role as well. The results of a grammaticality judgment task with a group of adult L2 learners show that there is no L1 transfer of the animacy constraint and that the L2 learning process is guided by the underlying semantic feature of the specificity scale: referential stability. More generally, our results provide evidence in favour of direct access to universal semantic features in L2 learning.
Key words:Differential object marking, animacy, referential stability, Persian, Romanian, L2 learning
Language: English

Citations to this publication: 2

1Larisa Avram, Rodica ZafiuSemantic hierarchies in the diachronic evolution of differential object marking in RomanianDindelegan, 292017
2Alexandra Cornilescu, Anca DinuAdjectives and SpecificityRRL, LIX (1), 103-1282014pdf

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