Gender Acquisition in SpanishGender Acquisition in Spanish



The comparative investigation of the acquisition of gender in Spanish by early and late bilinguals of different language combinations is highly debated and crucial as the phenomenon of gender involves grammatical features that differ in all ...

Author: Jessica Diebowski

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110703047

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Page: 344

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The comparative investigation of the acquisition of gender in Spanish by early and late bilinguals of different language combinations is highly debated and crucial as the phenomenon of gender involves grammatical features that differ in all three languages under investigation. Against this background, both early and late bilinguals face an arduous learning task which differs in complexity. Couched within a generative framework, the empirical study focuses on 257 participants with different levels of proficiency in Spanish ranging from low to advanced, and through a series of tests aims to discover which extra-linguistic and intra-linguistic factors act as triggers for non-native outcomes in adult heritage speakers and L2 learners. The observed morphological variability is argued not to stem from a representational (i.e. syntactic) deficit, but rather from a mapping problem in L2 learners and heritage speakers. Successful attainment in terms of gender is possible but dependent on the interplay between various extralinguistic and linguistic factors.

Gender Acquisition in SpanishGender Acquisition in Spanish



Gender has been regarded as the “most puzzling of the grammatical categories” (→Corbett 1991: 1). Unsurprisingly then, it has become a topic of interest and investigation that has yielded a large number of studies on the acquisition of ...

Author: Jessica Diebowski

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110703122

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Page: 344

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The comparative investigation of the acquisition of gender in Spanish by early and late bilinguals of different language combinations is highly debated and crucial as the phenomenon of gender involves grammatical features that differ in all three languages under investigation. Against this background, both early and late bilinguals face an arduous learning task which differs in complexity. Couched within a generative framework, the empirical study focuses on 257 participants with different levels of proficiency in Spanish ranging from low to advanced, and through a series of tests aims to discover which extra-linguistic and intra-linguistic factors act as triggers for non-native outcomes in adult heritage speakers and L2 learners. The observed morphological variability is argued not to stem from a representational (i.e. syntactic) deficit, but rather from a mapping problem in L2 learners and heritage speakers. Successful attainment in terms of gender is possible but dependent on the interplay between various extralinguistic and linguistic factors.

The Handbook of Spanish Second Language AcquisitionThe Handbook of Spanish Second Language Acquisition



More recently , other studies of Spanish gender acquisition have focused on the age of first exposure ( before or after the critical period ) and the learning context ( naturalistic or a formal classroom ) by examining differences ...

Author: Kimberly L. Geeslin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119457053

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Bringing together a comprehensive collection of newly-commissioned articles, this Handbook covers the most recent developments across a range of sub-fields relevant to the study of second language Spanish. Provides a unique and much-needed collection of new research in this subject, compiled and written by experts in the field Offers a critical account of the most current, ground-breaking developments across key fields, each of which has seen innovative empirical research in the past decade Covers a broad range of issues including current theoretical approaches, alongside a variety of entries within such areas as the sound system, morphosyntax, individual and social factors, and instructed language learning Presents a variety of methodological approaches spanning the active areas of research in language acquisition

The Acquisition of Spanish MorphosyntaxThe Acquisition of Spanish Morphosyntax



Explaining the difficulty of gender attribution for speakers of English. Paper presented at the European Second Language Association, Paris, Sept. 1998. Hawkins, Roger. 1998b. The inaccessibility of formal features of functional ...

Author: Ana Teresa Pérez-Leroux

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401002912

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Page: 250

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Recent developments in linguistic theory, as well as the growing body of evidence from languages other than English, provide new opportunities for deeper explorations into how language is represented in the mind of learners. This collection of new empirical studies on the acquisition of Spanish morphosyntax by leading researchers in the field of language acquisition, specifically contributes to the characterization of the L1 / L2 connection in acquisition. Using L1 and L2 Spanish data from children and adults, the authors seek to address the central questions that have occupied developmental psycholinguists in the final decades of the previous century and that will no doubt continue engaging them into the present one.

The Acquisition of Spanish as a Second LanguageThe Acquisition of Spanish as a Second Language



Alarcón also provided further details regarding development as learner proficiency in Spanish increases by testing ... stages of acquisition through which learners become increasingly accurate (e.g., acquiring number, acquiring gender ...

Author: Kimberly L. Geeslin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317417194

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Page: 406

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This volume offers an introduction to the field of second language acquisition with a particular focus on second language Spanish. It connects key issues in the acquisition of Spanish as a second language to theoretical and empirical issues in the field of second language acquisition more generally by exemplifying central concepts in second language acquisition through the exploration of the most widely researched structures and most recent developments in the field of second language Spanish. It is written for a non-specialist audience, making it suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses and readers, while its treatment of recent empirical developments also makes it of interest to researchers in second language Spanish as well as allied fields.

The Acquisition of SpanishThe Acquisition of Spanish



As Table 2.10 shows, Adil behaves more like Maria, while Madelin's production resembles Magin's, with the exception of gender errors, which are more frequent in Madelin than in Magin. Table 2.10. Comparison between L1 and L2 acquisition ...

Author: Silvina A. Montrul

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027294906

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Page: 413

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This is the first book on the acquisition of Spanish that provides a state-of-the-art comprehensive overview of Spanish morphosyntactic development in monolingual and bilingual situations. Its content is organized around key grammatical themes that form the empirical base of research in generative grammar: nominal and verbal inflectional morphology, subject and object pronouns, complex structures involving movement (topicalizations, questions, relative clauses), and aspects of verb meaning that have consequences for syntax. The book argues that Universal Grammar constrains all instances of language acquisition and that there is a fundamental continuity between monolingual, bilingual, child and adult early grammatical systems. While stressing their similarities with respect to linguistic representations and processes, the book also considers important differences between these three acquisition situations with respect to the outcome of acquisition. It is also shown that many linguistic properties of Spanish are acquired earlier than in English and other languages. This book is a must read for those interested in the acquisition of Spanish from different theoretical perspectives as well as those working on the acquisition of other languages in different contexts.

Gender Acquisition in SpanishGender Acquisition in Spanish



This study investigates the mechanisms and causes of successful and unsuccessful acquisition of gender in Spanish by early and late bilinguals of different language combinations (German-Spanish vs.

Author: Jessica Diebowski

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110702975

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Page: 420

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The comparative investigation of the acquisition of gender in Spanish by early and late bilinguals of different language combinations is highly debated and crucial as the phenomenon of gender involves grammatical features that differ in all three languages under investigation. Against this background, both early and late bilinguals face an arduous learning task which differs in complexity. Couched within a generative framework, the empirical study focuses on 257 participants with different levels of proficiency in Spanish ranging from low to advanced, and through a series of tests aims to discover which extra-linguistic and intra-linguistic factors act as triggers for non-native outcomes in adult heritage speakers and L2 learners. The observed morphological variability is argued not to stem from a representational (i.e. syntactic) deficit, but rather from a mapping problem in L2 learners and heritage speakers. Successful attainment in terms of gender is possible but dependent on the interplay between various extralinguistic and linguistic factors.