This volume focuses on the acquisition of the two Spanish copular verbs,
ser 'to be' and estar 'to be', by English-speaking adult learners. It
outlines a cross-disciplinary approach in which syntactic, semantic and
pragmatic features are assessed as predictors of copula choice.
This new model of analysis, which uses several variables that are
simultaneously present in the discourse context, provides a description of
learner language while focusing on language use. This research has
implications for theoretical and sociolinguistic approaches to copula
choice, and is generalizable to other areas of interest within the field of
second language acquisition.
The first section of this book critically examines studies in theoretical
The second section includes an in-depth review of previous research on the
second language acquisition of copula choice, followed by the presentation
and application of a new model of analysis to data from novice,
intermediate and advanced learners, and native Spanish speakers. The final
section addresses pedagogical and theoretical implications, and outlines
future research goals.
Kimberly L. Geeslin is an Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at
Indiana University. Her work on the second language acquisition of Spanish
has appeared in Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Linguistics,
Language Learning and Hispania.