Verbal acquisition in L2 Spanish Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Mory, Jenna Lynn
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Linguistics
  • This study was designed to evaluate verbal agreement in early and late L2 Spanish. The early L2 group included children from local immersion preschools who participated in an elicitation task and spontaneous speech recordings. The late L2 group, consisting of UNC-CH undergraduate students in beginning to intermediate Spanish, was asked to describe pictures in Spanish in a task similar to the child elicitation task. All eligible subject/verb pairs produced were evaluated for accuracy and when not accurate were given a specific code for the error type. The results obtained for the early L2 group lend support to the Morphological Underspecification Hypothesis, proposed by McCarthy (2007). However, contrary to McCarthy (2007), the adult data support the Missing Surface Inflection Hypothesis (Prévost & White (2000b)), rather than the MUSH. Additionally, the child group used significantly more 3rd person singular default forms (consistent with McCarthy (2007) and L1 Spanish) than the adult group.
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