Pronoun processing in anglophone late L2 learners of French: Behavioral and ERP evidence

Sneed, E., Herschensohn, J., & Frenck-Mestre, C. (2015). Pronoun processing in anglophone late L2 learners of French: Behavioral and ERP evidence. Journal of Neurolinguistics34, 15-40.
  • We examined cortical response in L2 acquisition of French clitic pronouns.
  • All groups (Natives, High- and Low-intermediates) responded to in situ clitic placement with a P600.
  • L2 groups demonstrated distinct capacities according to level.
  • Both groups of learners showed a stronger ERP response to in situ pronoun placement than behavioral data would suggest.
  • Our ERP data suggest grammaticalization of L2 pronouns prior to conscious use.
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