The Priming of L2 Information Structure in a Narrative Retelling Task.
Information structure is a domain of linguistic interest at the intersection of grammar, content and context, and as such, differes between languages. This study explored the role of exposure and implicit learning mechanisms in the acquisition of L2 information structure by embedding a priming element into a narrative retelling task. 22 native Dutch speakers described clips from a stop motion film while being primed by a confederate who described the missing clips with typical English discourse features such as inanimate subjects, SVO instead of V2 word order, and the progressive aspect (Carroll & Lambert, 2003; Starren, 2017; Van Ierland, 2010). The results gave little indication that priming led to an increased use of the English information structure. A lack of priming effects could be an indication that implicit learning mechanisms are not very effective in the acquisition of IS. More research is needed to understand how the mental representations of information structure are formed and the role of implicit and explicit learning therein.
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