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Plasticity of grammatical recursion in German learners of Dutch

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Davidson, D., & Indefrey, P. (2009). Plasticity of grammatical recursion in German learners of Dutch. Language and Cognitive Processes, 24(9), 1335-1369.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0010-D113-D
We examined the multilingual compre- hension and learning of cross-serial and embedded constructions in German- speaking learners of Dutch using mag- netoencephalography (MEG). In several experimental sessions, learners performed a sentence-scene matching task with Dutch sentences including two different verb orders (Dutch or German verb order). The results indicated a larger evoked response for the German order relative to the Dutch order over frontal sensors after three months, but not initially. The response implies that sensitivity to vio- lations of verb order remains plastic into adulthood.