This study investigated the effects of construction types on Korean-L1 English-L2 learners’ verbconstruction integration in online processing by presenting the ditransitive and prepositional dative constructions and manipulating the verb’s association strength within these constructions. Results of a self-paced reading experiment showed that the L2 group spent longer times in the verb–construction integration in the postverbal complement region when processing the ditransitive construction, which is less canonical and highly avoided in the learners’ L1, than when processing the prepositional dative construction, which is more canonical and shares similar structural features with the L1 counterpart. In the following spillover region, L2 learners showed faster reading times as proﬁciency increased when the verb was strongly associated with the prepositional dative construction. Our ﬁndings expand the scope of current models on L2 sentence processing by suggesting that construction types and L2 proﬁciency may affect the L2 integration of verbal and constructional information.
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||Studies in Second Language Acquisition|
|Publication status||Published - 2020 Sept|