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The Future of Desire: Lexical Futures and Modality in L2 English Future Expression
Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig
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This paper investigates the use of the lexical future in L2 English in a longitudinal study of 16 learners. Spontaneous oral and written production data show that the category of semantically future verbs (the lexical future) is the second most frequently used type of future expression. The use of lexical futures shows noteworthy individual variation, with less L1 influence. Early uses of lexical futures suggest that learners may initially view lexical futures as periphrastic modals (such as want to + V) and then reanalyze them as verb + infinitive.

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Proceedings of the 7th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2004)
edited by Laurent Dekydtspotter, Rex A. Sprouse, and Audrey Liljestrand
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