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Query Details


Query Subject:   L2 Learners' Errors Corpus/Database
Author:   Inmaculada Gomez Soler
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s):  Spanish


Query:   Dear linguists,

I am writing my dissertation on the L2 acquisition of Spanish psych-verbs
and I was wondering if there is any kind of L2 learners' errors
database/corpus that I could use for my research. I have used CHILDES
extensively for my research in L1 but I don't know of any L2 databases. I
have heard of the Longman Learners' Corpus but I am not sure how to
access it. I would really appreciate any suggestions.

Thank you very much.
Inmaculada Gomez Soler
LL Issue: 22.1671
Date posted: 14-Apr-2011



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