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Toward an Understanding of the Relationship between Mood Use and Form Regularity: Evidence of Variation across Tasks, Lexical Items, and Participant Groups
Aarnes Gudmestad
214-227 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


Previous research on the relationship between mood distinction (the subjunctive-indicative contrast) and form regularity (generally, whether the verb in the mood-choice context is regular or irregular) in Spanish has led to inconsistent findings (e.g., Ross Veidmark and Umaña Aguiar, 1991; Lubbers Quesada, 1998). As a result, this study aims to clarify form regularity's role in the use of verbal moods in Spanish for learners and native speakers by carrying out a detailed analysis of this linguistic variable. The data come from three oral-elicitation tasks completed by five proficiency levels of second-language learners and one group of native speakers. The results show that the relationship between mood use and form regularity is complex and that the variables task, lexical item, and participant group seem to aid in explaining some of the differing results found across previous investigations.

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Selected Proceedings of the 14th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Kimberly Geeslin and Manuel Díaz-Campos
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