Generative Approaches to the Acquisition of English by Native Speakers of Japanese

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This book is a collection of eight articles by leading scholars investigating of the acquisition of English by native speakers of Japanese. It deals with a wide range of topics from the acquisiton of VP structures to functional categories and presents new empirical data. The studies all contribute to our understanding of these topics, and they are of current interest to researchers working on Second Language Acquisition.

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Shigenori Wakabayashi is Professor at the Gunmar Prefectural Women's University, Gunmar Japan.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What do Japanese learners of English tell us about SLA? 1
Japanese learners' acquisition of English motion verbs with goal PPs 17
Unaccusatives versus passives in L2 English 41
The acquisition of the nominative and accusative cases In English by Japanese learners at an early stage 81
The acquisition of a second language C-system by Japanese learners of English 109
Pied-piping and stranding in oblique relative clauses in Japanese EFL learners' interlanguage grammars 143
Is an interlanguage a "possible grammar"?: How Japanese speakers learn CP structures in English 167
Japanese learners' errors on long distance wh-questions 215
N400 in the brain potential responses of second language learners: What ERPs suggest 247
List of contributors 265
Index 267
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