Previous research has demonstrated that second language learners often struggle with acquisition of verbal aspect. As shown by Gabriele (2009), development of this grammatical property follows an asymmetrical path: there seems to be a significant delay between the acquisition of aspectual properties found in the second language (L2) and preemption of aspectual properties transferred from the first language (L1). The present study reports similar results by considering a new set of languages. Specifically, it demonstrates that Russian L2 learners of English follow the same asymmetrical path while acquiring English outer aspect. They acquire aspectual properties found in English relatively fast. At the same time, they struggle with preemption of aspectual properties transferred from their native Russian. The results of this study also reveal that preemption is especially difficult with aspectual properties that overlap in L2 and L1.
Selected Proceedings of the 5th Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA 2012)
edited by Chia-Ying Chu, Caitlin E. Coughlin, Beatriz Lopez Prego, Utako Minai, and Annie Tremblay Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-463-8 library binding
v + 190 pages
publication date: 2014
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA