In this ERP study, we investigated the Korean German learners' perception of differences between canonical word order and non-canonical word order in German. The experimental materials were constructed by manipulating the canonical word order factor, i.e. nominative-first vs. dative or accusative-first in subordinate sentences in German. During the sentence comprehension, the brain responses of 15 participants in the intermediate level of German were recorded and analyzed.
As a result of the experiment, the positivity was elicited at the verb region in the dative-first sentences. In contrast, the positivity was obtained from the all region(first noun region, second noun region, verb region) in the accusative-first sentences. These difference demonstrates that Korean German learners could recognize canonical word order in the accusative sentences, but not in the dative one.