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Author Salaberry, M. Rafael.

Title Marking Past Tense in Second Language Acquisition : a Theoretical Model
Published London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (304 pages)
Contents Cover; Table of Contents; List of Figures and Tables; Foreword; Foreword; Chapter 1: Learning Spanish Past Tense Aspect; 1. Introduction; 2. The Learning Challenge; 3. Tense-Aspect in Context; 3.1 Discourse effects; 3.2 Lexical and grammatical aspect; 4. Acquisition Hypotheses; 5. Contextualized Meanings: A Lexico-discursive Framework; 6. Conclusion; Chapter 2: Delimiting Lexical and Grammatical Aspect; 1. Introduction; 2. Definitions of Aspect; 2.1 Is aspectual representation subjective?; 2.2 Is aspect deictic or non-deictic?; 3. Lexical Aspect; 3.1 Lexical aspectual classes
3.2 Compositionality of lexical aspect4. Grammatical Aspect; 4.1 Perfective and imperfective; 4.2 Spanish Preterite and Imperfect; 5. The Interface of Lexical Aspect and Grammatical Aspect; 5.1 Operational tests of inherent lexical semantics; 5.2 Semantic multivalence of verbs; 5.3 Lexical aspectual shifts; 5.4 Two categories or one? Lexical versus grammatical aspect; 6. Aspect as a Contextual Phenomenon; 6.1 Scope of analysis of tense-aspectual knowledge; 6.2 Syntactic constructions; 6.3 Discourse; 6.4 Default lexical aspectual classes; 7. Invariant and Contextualized Meanings
3.2 Syntactic approaches4. Conclusion; Chapter 4: The L2 Acquisition of Invariant-Contextualized Meanings of Tense-Aspect; 1. Introduction; 2. Contextualized Meanings; 2.1 Context relevant for all theoretical accounts; 2.2 Grammatical knowledge is contextual knowledge; 2.3 Computational costs of processing aspectual knowledge; 3. Invariant Meanings and Default Values; 3.1 Boundedness as a grammatical concept; 3.2 Iterativity as a grammatical concept; 3.3 Genericity as a grammatical concept; 4. Mapping Aspectual Knowledge onto Grammatical Form; 4.1 Thinking-for-speaking
4.2 Mapping concepts to forms4.3 Summary: Mapping aspectual knowledge onto grammatical form; 5. The Effect of the L1; 5.1 English Simple Past; 5.2 English marks tense only: Are states special?; 5.3 The hypothesis about a default past tense; 6. Modular Versus General Learning Processes; 6.1 Modular learning in L2 acquisition; 6.2 General learning processes; 6.3 Summary: Modular versus general learning processes; 7. Instructional Effects; 7.1 Pedagogical rules; 7.2 Mapping concepts to form; 7.3 Acquiring target rules; 8. Conclusion; Chapter 5: Final Thoughts; 1. Introduction
7.1 Iterativity and habituality7.2 Iterativity as opposed to habituality; 7.3 Principled distinction; 8. Theoretical Frameworks of Reference; 8.1 Minimalism; 8.2 Cognitive linguistics; 9. Conclusion; Chapter 3: Hypotheses about the L2 Development of Tense-Aspect Knowledge; 1. Introduction; 2. The Independent Variables; 2.1 The effect of lexical aspect; 2.2 The effect of discourse structure; 2.3 The effect of perceptual saliency; 2.4 The effect of L1 transfer; 2.5 The effect of syntactic structure; 3. Review of Findings from Selected Studies; 3.1 A default marker of past tense
Summary This book presents an analysis of the difficulties faced by native speakers of English in the learning of Romance languages and in so doing proposes a comprehensive model of the acquisition of tense-aspect marking. While L1 speakers of English may quickly learn to identify and, to some extent, use the Spanish perfective and imperfective verb endings, the L2 representation of tense-aspect distinctions among both beginning and advanced learners requires a comprehensive multidimensional analysis. Through a detailed examination of new and existing empirical data, this monograph proposes a new mode
Notes 2. Theoretical Issues
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 254-274) and index
Notes English
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Subject Romance languages -- Acquisition.
Romance languages -- Study and teaching -- English speakers
Romance languages -- Tense.
Second language acquisition.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1441131760