A Typological Comparison of Japanese and Spanish

  • Suzanne Flynn
Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 5)


In order to empirically test the theory of adult L2 acquisition outlined in Chapter 3, we must look at the L2 acquisition of English by adult speakers of two different languages, and relevant correspondences between these two languages and English should vary in meaningful ways. The two language groups chosen for this purpose are Spanish and Japanese, Aspects of these languages that are important for a test of the proposed theory of adult L2 acquisition will be reviewed in this chapter. This review will include a general description of properties of word order, head-direction, and anaphora,1 as well as a discussion of properties of anaphora in adverbial adjunct clauses in each language.


Relative Clause Word Order Main Clause Subordinate Clause Null Subject 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Suzanne Flynn
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  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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