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Academic Paper


Title: Subject-to-subject raising and the syntax of tense in L2 Spanish: A Full Access approach
Author: Gonzalo Campos-Dintrans
Institution: Catholic University of America
Author: Acrisio M. Pires
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Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/ling/people/Acrisio_Pires.htm
Institution: University of Michigan
Author: Jason Rothman
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Homepage: http://www.uiowa.edu/~slalab/
Institution: University of Reading
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Linguistic Theories; Syntax
Subject Language: English
Spanish
Abstract: This paper investigates the acquisition of syntax in L2 grammars. We tested adult L2 speakers of Spanish (English L1) on the feature specification of T(ense), which is different in English and Spanish in so-called subject-to-subject raising structures. We present experimental results with the verb parecer “to seem/to appear” in different tenses, with and without experiencers, and with Tense Phrase (TP), verb phrase (vP) and Adjectival Phrase (AP) complements. The results show that advanced L2 learners can perform just like native Spanish speakers regarding grammatical knowledge in this domain, although the subtle differences between both languages are not explicitly taught. We argue that these results support Full Access approaches to Universal Grammar (UG) in L2 acquisition, by providing evidence that uninterpretable syntactic features can be learned in adult L2, even when such features are not directly instantiated in the same grammatical domain in the L1 grammar.

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This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 17, Issue 1.

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