26.1998, Books: Overgeneralized Lexical Causatives in Adult English and Spanish L2 Acquisition: Camasca

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Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:15:36
From: Ulrich Lueders [lincom.europa at t-online.de]
Subject: Overgeneralized Lexical Causatives in Adult English and Spanish L2 Acquisition: Camasca

 


Title: Overgeneralized Lexical Causatives in Adult English and Spanish
L2 Acquisition 
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Language Acquisition 34  

Publication Year: 2015 
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
	   http://www.lincom-shop.eu
	

Book URL: http://bit.ly/1J0RCVx 


Author: Mónica Estela Cabrera Camasca

Paperback: ISBN:  9783862886210 Pages: 98 Price: Europe EURO 52.80


Abstract:

The present study provides evidence in favor of the view that different L1
grammatical properties are transferred at different stages of acquisition. The
study focuses on the acquisition of lexical causatives by
L1-English/L2-Spanish and L1-Spanish/L2-English adult learners. English and
Spanish lexical causatives have common constructional properties. The
causative construction can be instantiated by verbs encoding change of state
or location such as alternating unaccusatives, but not by unergatives. In both
languages, there is a subset of non-alternating unaccusatives that, although
encode change, cannot appear in lexical causatives. They have been analyzed as
lexically marked for the non-realization of their causative form. English and
Spanish are different in that in the former, but not in the latter,
manner-of-motion verbs can modify the causative construction in the context of
a goal prepositional phrase. Learners tended to overgeneralize causatives
especially at the beginner level, but mostly with predicates encoding change.
At the advanced level, overgeneralization was restricted to verb classes
allowed in lexical causatives in the L1. Learners make selective use of their
L1 knowledge: constructional properties are transferred early on, and lexical
specific properties are transferred at the post-intermediate level. Detailed
individual analyses per subject and per verb are presented and discussed.
 



Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                     Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                     Spanish (spa)


Written In: English  (eng)

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