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The Early L2 Acquisition of Past Morphology: Perfective Morphology as an Aspectual Marker or Default Tense Marker?
Llorenç Comajoan
31-43 (complete paper or proceedings contents)

Abstract

This article reviews beginner data in the second language acquisition of Romance perfective and imperfective morphology in light of the aspect hypothesis and the default marker of past tense hypothesis. According to the aspect hypothesis, perfective morphology emerges before imperfective morphology, and it emerges in telic predicates. The default tense hypothesis argues that classroom learners use perfective morphology as a default marker of past tense (independent from lexico-aspectual characteristics). A review of Spanish, French, and Catalan second language acquisition data produced in similar settings provided evidence for the aspect hypothesis but also for variable results according to tasks and individual learners.

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Selected Proceedings of the 6th Conference on the Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese as First and Second Languages
edited by David Eddington
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