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

Domínguez, Laura and Arche, María J. (2008) Optionality in L2 grammars: the acquisition of SV/VS contrast in Spanish. In, Chan, Harvey, Jacob, Heather and Kapia, Enkeleida (eds.) Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, USA, Cascadilla, 96-107.


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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
ISBNs: 9781574730845 (paperback)
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Keywords: second language acquisition, spanish, word order, interfaces, pragmatics, deficit, optionality, splloc
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Modern Languages
ePrint ID: 63810
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
April 2008Published
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:48
Linguistic development in L2 Spanish: creation and analysis of a learner corpus
Funded by: ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (RES-000-23-1609)
Led by: Rosamond Mitchell
1 April 2006 to 31 March 2008
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/63810

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