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      Input and competing grammars in L2 syntax

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      Second Language Research
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          Grammar competition has been proposed as a model for second language (L2) acquisition. Variational Learning provides a framework within which to investigate the idea of grammar competition as the model requires a marriage of quantitative properties of the input with Universal Grammar. A diachronic variational model of grammar competition is extended to second language acquisition (L2A) to explore verb-second word order optionality in L2 English. Patterns of L1-German–L2-English word order acquisition are reviewed in light of a study of classroom discourse as input to first language (L1) German speakers. A variational model of word order patterns in the input identifies differences in patterns of word order optionality, which may contribute to the trajectory of acquisition identified for L2 English.

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                Second Language Research
                Second Language Research
                SAGE Publications
                0267-6583
                1477-0326
                May 02 2022
                : 026765832210913
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                [1 ]Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
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                10.1177/02676583221091389
                08555bfa-fc97-4871-9763-6e2571c19622
                © 2022

                https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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