Acquiring Variation in Future-Time Expression Abroad in Valencia, Spain and Mérida, Mexico
Matthew Kanwit and Megan Solon
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The present study connects the study of the L2 acquisition of variation to that of the role of study abroad on L2 acquisition, contributing further evidence of the developments that occur in learner grammars during a stay abroad. The present analysis is built upon the results from a group of 46 English-speaking learners of Spanish who participated in intensive 7-week immersion programs in either Valencia, Spain or Mérida, Mexico. Upon arrival and at the end of their stay in the target environment, learners completed a written contextualized questionnaire created to examine the selection of morphological future, periphrastic future, and present indicative forms in future-time contexts. Overall, the data indicate that the learners developed sensitivity to regional norms and were able to adjust both the frequency of selection of a particular form and the linguistic predictors of that selection following a short stay abroad.
Selected Proceedings of the 16th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
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