The L2 Acquisition of Tense-Aspect Morphology

The L2 Acquisition of Tense-Aspect Morphology

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The present volume provides a cross-linguistic perspective on the development of tense-aspect in L2 acquisition. Data-based studies included in this volume deal with the analysis of a wide range of target languages: Chinese, English, Italian, French, Japanese, and Spanish. Theoretical frameworks used to evaluate the nature of the empirical evidence range from generative grammar to functional-typological linguistics. Several studies focus on the development of past tense markers, but other issues such as the acquisition of a future marker are also addressed. An introductory chapter outlines some theoretical and methodological issues that serves as relevant preliminary reading for most of the chapters included in this volume. Additionally, a preliminary chapter offers a substantive review of first language acquisition of tense-aspect morphology. The analysis of the various languages included in this volume significantly advances our understanding of this phenomenon, and will serve as an important basis for future research.
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  • Hardback | 489 pages
  • 158.75 x 234.95 x 31.75mm | 790g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588112179
  • 9781588112170

Table of contents

1. Acknowledgments; 2. Contributors; 3. Abbreviations used in glosses; 4. 1. L2 acquisition of tense-aspect morphology (by Salaberry, M. Rafael); 5. 2. The first language acquisition of tense and aspect: A review (by Weist, Richard); 6. 3. The dimensions of pastness (by Andersen, Roger W.); 7. 4. Temporal relations in learner varieties: Grammaticalization and discourse construction (by Noyau, Colette); 8. 5. Analyzing aspect (by Bardovi-Harlig, Kathleen); 9. 6. The development of tense-aspect in English as a second language and the variable influence of inherent aspect (by Housen, Alex); 10. 7. The aspect hypothesis in naturalistic L2 acquisition: What uninflected and non-target-like verb forms in early interlanguage tell us (by Rohde, Andreas); 11. 8. How do learners acquire the classical three categories of temporality? Evidence from L2 Italian (by Giacalone Ramat, Anna); 12. 9. Lexical aspect in child second language acquisition of temporal morphology: A bidirectional study (by Rocca, Sonia); 13. 10. Information structure in dialogic future plans: A study of Italian native speakers and Swedish preadvanced and advanced learners of Italian (by Wiberg, Eva); 14. 11. Reference to past events in dialogue: The acquisition of tense and aspect by advanced learners of French (by Kihlstedt, Maria); 15. 12. On viewpoint aspect interpretation and its L2 acquisition: A UG perspective (by Slabakova, Roumyana); 16. 13. Tense and aspect in the selection of Spanish past tense verbal morphology (by Salaberry, M. Rafael); 17. 14. The acquisition and use of perfective aspect in Mandarin (by Duff, Patricia A.); 18. 15. The prototype hypothesis of tense-aspect acquisition in second language (by Shirai, Yasuhiro); 19. Index
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