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Cuando era feliz, e indocumentado: An Aspectual Approach to Copula Choice in L2 Spanish
Ana T. Pérez-Leroux, Yadira Álvarez, and Tanya Battersby
209-220 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


The present study examines the difficulties presented by the Spanish copula system in L2 settings, and explores the role of lexical and grammatical aspect in those difficulties. A grammaticality judgment task testing selection of ser and estar across locative, change of state, and past tense contexts was administered to 24 English-speaking learners of Spanish and 12 Spanish native speaker controls. Results indicate that learners do not receive a clear benefit from the semantic transparency of estar only in the lexically driven locative contexts. The evidence supported the authors' prediction of an interaction between grammatical aspect in the preterite and imperfect past tenses and mastery of copula contexts.

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Selected Proceedings of the 12th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Claudia Borgonovo, Manuel Español-Echevarría, and Philippe Prévost
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