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The Primacy of Morphology in the Acquisition of Tense and Aspect in L2 Spanish Narrative Structure
Margaret Lubbers Quesada
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This study examines to what extent temporal adverbials and lexical verbal class constrain the selection of tense-aspect morphology in L2 learners' and native speakers' oral narrative structure in Spanish. Following Dowty (1991) and Hwang and Schubert (1994), the restrictions for prototypical combinations of adverbials, verb class and perfective and imperfective morphology are explored, as well as the aspectual shift that results from non-prototypical combinations. Results indicate that English-speaking learners depend on adverbial and lexical verbal class, whereas Spanish native speakers rely on morphology to construct aspectual distinctions.

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Selected Proceedings of the 15th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Chad Howe, Sarah E. Blackwell, and Margaret Lubbers Quesada
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