Neurolinguistic Measures of Typological Effects in Multilingual Transfer: Introducing an ERP Methodology

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Abstract  This chapter has two main objectives. The first is to offer an introduction to the subfield of generative third language (L3) acquisition. Concerned primarily with modeling initial stages transfer of morphosyntax, one goal of this program is to show how this type of L3 data makes significant contributions towards a better understanding of how the mind represents language and how (cognitive) economy delimits acquisition processes more generally. Our second objective is to argue for and demonstrate how this subfield could benefit from a neuro/psycholinguistic methodological approach, such as event related potential (ERP) experiments, to bolster the claims currently made on the basis of exclusively behavioral experiments.

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