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Optionality in L2 grammars: the acquisition of SV/VS contrast in Spanish

Optionality in L2 grammars: the acquisition of SV/VS contrast in Spanish

Arche, Maria J. and Domínguez, Laura (2008) Optionality in L2 grammars: the acquisition of SV/VS contrast in Spanish. Proceedings of the 32nd annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. BUCLD, 32 . Cascadilla Press, Somerville, MA, United States, pp. 96-107. ISBN 978-1-57473-184-2

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Abstract

This study examines the L2 acquisition of word order variation in Spanish by three groups of L1 English learners in an instructed setting. The three groups represent learners at three different L2 proficiencies: beginners, intermediate and advanced. The aim of the study is to analyse the acquisition of word order variation in a situation where the target input is highly ambiguous, since two apparent optional forms exist in the target grammar, in order to examine how the optionality is disambiguated by learners from the earlier stages of learning to the more advanced. Our results support the hypothesis that an account based on a discourse-pragmatics deficit cannot satisfactorily explain learners’ non-targetlike representations in the contexts analysed in our study.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: second language acquisition, L2 grammars, Spanish word order,
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Applied Linguistics Research Group
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Languages & International Studies
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:04
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/1447

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