Methodological Issues in the L2 Acquisition of a Syntax/Semantics Phenomenon: How to Assess L2 Knowledge of Mood in Spanish Relative Clauses
Claudia Borgonovo, Joyce Bruhn de Garavito, and Philippe Prévost
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This paper focuses on the acquisition of the morphosyntax/semantics interface by examining the acquisition of mood in Spanish relative clauses by native speakers of French. Most studies of interface interpretation phenomena rely on tasks in which the learners are asked to rate the appropriateness of sentences with respect to previously provided scenarios, a methodology that may be testing the morphological marking for a certain interpretation rather than the interpretation itself. New methodology is presented in which the participant first reads a sentence and then must choose between two scenarios. The aim is to show whether a certain form triggers, or a certain piece of morphology primes, a particular interpretation, which is precisely what should be tested. Comparing traditional methodology with this innovation supports this claim by providing clearer results.
Selected Proceedings of the 10th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Joyce Bruhn de Garavito and Elena Valenzuela
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