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The Acquisition of the Personal Preposition a by Catalan-Spanish and English-Spanish Bilinguals
Pedro Guijarro-Fuentes and Theodoros Marinis
81-92 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


The present study addresses L2 variability/optionality as an interface problem (e.g., Sorace 2005). The authors carried out an experiment which focused on the different interpretative aspects of the Spanish personal preposition a with a group of late Spanish-English bilinguals (N=16) and late Spanish-Catalan bilinguals (N=18), in addition to a Spanish monolingual group (N=16). Besides a sociolinguistic background questionnaire, all participants took part in a completion task which tested several factors that determine the distribution of the personal preposition a (Torrego 1998, Zagona 2002). Results show omission and substitution of a and group and individual variation depending on the bilingualism scenario of the participants, supporting the difficulty in acquiring structures involving the interfaces.

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Selected Proceedings of the 11th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Joseph Collentine, Maryellen García, Barbara Lafford, and Francisco Marcos Marín
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