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The Interaction between Lexical-Semantics and Morphosyntax: A Study on the Development of Verbal Forms in L1 and L2 Spanish
Miren Hodgson
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Abstract

This study investigates L1 and L2 knowledge of the interaction between lexical-semantics and morphosyntax of Spanish verbal forms. In particular, the study examines learners' knowledge of the interaction between (telic + preterit), (telic + imperfect), (atelic + preterit), and (atelic + imperfect). This research compares the production and comprehension of verbal morphology by English adult learners of Spanish with that of child L1 Spanish. Using the same experimental methodology in both groups, the study shows that linguistic deficiencies found in the comprehension of certain verbal forms might not be the result of feature values not selected in early childhood, since both child L1 and adult L2 show similar linguistic delay patterns. Instead, it appears that lack of knowledge of how properties interact at the interface between lexical semantics and morphosyntax might be the cause of the comprehension delay.

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Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA 2008)
edited by Jean Crawford, Koichi Otaki, and Masahiko Takahashi
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