This article studies the question of argument structure acquisition by L2 learners. Particularly, the study focuses on the acquisition of Spanish psych-verbs' argument structure and, more specifically, on the issue of whether L2ers recognize how distinct aspectual classes of psych-verbs are morphosyntactically represented. Through two grammaticality judgment tasks, learners across four proficiency levels showed a good understanding of the morphosyntactic reflexes that distinguish eventive and stative psych-verbs. Hence, because this knowledge could not be derived from the L1 or L2 instruction and because the input L2ers receive is underdetermined, these learners must have resorted to universal principles in order to map meaning to syntax in a way that resembles native patterns.
Proceedings of the 12th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2013)
edited by Jennifer Cabrelli Amaro, Tiffany Judy, and Diego Pascual y Cabo Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-461-4 library binding
v + 221 pages
publication date: 2013
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA