Progressing beyond the Neutral Perfective: Acquisition of English Aspect by Native Speakers of Japanese
Keiko Kaku, Juana M. Liceras, and Nina Kazanina
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This research examines the acquisition of telicity by intermediate Japanese learners of English through the neutral perfective reading of past perfective predicates. The current study examines two points: first, it investigates whether adult L2 learners can derive telicity of English single past sentences as a function of its object determiner phrases (DPs, bounded/unbounded). Second, it examines the relationship between the acquisition of the semantics of telicity and the relevant functional morphology, i.e., determiners and number categories which influence the computation of telicity. The data from 32 intermediate Japanese learners of English indicate a progression toward the target L1 English-like representation of telicity, and the acquisition of semantic computation of telicity does not necessarily correlate with the learners' perfect usage of the morphology of object boundedness.
Proceedings of the 9th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2007)
edited by Roumyana Slabakova, Jason Rothman, Paula Kempchinsky, and Elena Gavruseva
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