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Korea Journal of English Language and Linguistics - Vol. 19, No. 2, pp.211-232
Abbreviation: KASELL
ISSN: 1598-1398 (Print)
Print publication date 30 Jun 2019
Received 10 May 2019 Revised 10 Jun 2019 Accepted 16 Jun 2019

한국인 학습자들의 영어 재귀대명사 해석 양상: 통사적 결속 조건과 화용적 결속 조건을 중심으로
김지혜 ; 안수진
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An experimental study of binding interpretations on English reflexive pronouns by Korean L2 learners: Conditions on grammatical binding vs. pragmatic binding
Kim, Ji-Hye ; Soojin An


Kim, Ji-Hye and Soojin An. 2019. An experimental study of binding interpretations on English reflexive pronouns by Korean L2 learners: Conditions on grammatical binding vs. pragmatic binding. Korean Journal of English Language and Linguistics 19-2, 211-232. This study investigates how Korean learners of English as Foreign Language interpret English reflexives in regard to i) whether the learners interpret English reflexives in accordance with binding domain and c-commanding conditions of binding, and ii) whether pragmatic information affects the learners’ interpretation of grammatical binding of English reflexives. Two tasks ― acceptability judgment task based on truth value and truth value judgment task based on stories ― to decide the appropriate antecedent for reflexives were conducted with 67 university students in Korea (as the experimental group) and 12 English native speakers (as a control group). Overall results demonstrated that i) Korean learners of English showed L1 transfer effects with English reflexives in their interpretations related to binding domain and commanding condition, and ii) For Korean learners of English, pragmatic conditions often override syntactic conditions for binding, especially when appropriate context is given. Further discussions will follow.

Keywords: Binding Principle A, reflexive binding, pragmatic/logophoric binding, grammatical/core/syntactic binding, Korean learners of English

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