Chapter published in:Three Streams of Generative Language Acquisition Research: Selected papers from the 7th Meeting of Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition – North America, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Edited by Tania Ionin and Matthew Rispoli
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 63] 2019
► pp. 271–296
Acquisition of word order in L2 Spanish
The case of the auxiliary haber in conjunction with manner adverbs
Previous studies on Spanish adverb placement investigated how English natives reset their L1 [‑raise] to [+raise] but neglected the acquisition of adverb placement with haber (particularly, manner adverbs). The acquisition of haber/Participle/Adverb in Spanish depends on (1) the apparent lack of autonomy of haber forms, and (2) the neutral syntactic position of the adverb. To investigate the acquisition of “haber + manner adverb” by Spanish learners, 18 Spanish monolinguals and 33 L1 English Spanish learners completed a Grammaticality Judgment Task and an Explicit Production Task. Results suggest that (a) haber verbal forms lack autonomy; (b) había behaves as a syntactic clitic, and ha as a syntactic-phonological clitic; and (c) acquisition of “haber + manner adverb” order occurs successfully in learners.
Keywords: L2 Spanish, word order, manner adverbs, auxiliary verb
Published online: 15 April 2019
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