Specificity and validity in the SLA literature

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We propose a new paradigm for testing the influence of specificity on the acquisition of English articles (Ionin, 2003; Ionin et al., 2004; Ionin et al., 2009; Ko et al., 2010). We discuss and resolve issues of validation and present a preview and discussion of the results the new paradigm generates for L2 learners of English with Mandarin as an L1.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCross-linguistic influence in bilingualism
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


  • SLA
  • validity
  • specificity
  • definiteness


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