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Morphosyntactic Interfaces in Spanish L2 Acquisition: The Case of Aspectual Differences between Indefinido and Imperfecto
Lourdes Díaz, Aurora Bel, Ana Ruggia, Konstantina Bekiou, and Elisa Rosado
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In this paper we analyze the role that morphological features play in the acquisition of Spanish aspectual past tenses by non-native speakers of typologically different L1s. Through analysis of written non-spontaneous production of the Spanish interlanguage of native speakers of English, German, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, French, Polish, Slavic and Dutch, we propose that aspectual class of verb, telicity, cardinality and boundness play a role in the triggering of aspectual differences of the two tenses: imperfecto and indefinido. 56 intermediate and advanced students of these three language groups who were learning Spanish as a foreign language in an instructional setting in Spain were interviewed and their texts transcribed and encoded in CHILDES. The interaction of the above mentioned factors seems to be more responsible for differences in acquisition, than the typological proximity of the learner's mother tongue or the strength of verbal morphology in their first languages.

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Proceedings of the 6th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2002): L2 Links
edited by Juana M. Liceras, Helmut Zobl, and Helen Goodluck
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