ERIC Number: ED198713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Present Progressive in Spanish.
Gruszka, Pamela J.
This study tests the hypothesis that, among bilingual Mexican Americans, the present progressive tense in Spanish is used in the same situations as the progressive would be used in English, even if such usage would not be prescribed by standard Spanish grammar rules. A review is made of Spanish language instructional textbooks concerning the usage of the present progressive tense in Spanish. The results of the study are based on data from two groups of speakers. The first group is made up of English-dominant bilinguals. Their median length of residence in the United States was 22 years and their median age was 21 years. The other group was of Spanish monolinguals whose median age was also 21 years, and whose median length of residence in the U.S. was 17 months. Personal data and language attitude questionnaires were given as well as a structured choice and a free style test on the use of the present progressive in Spanish. The results of the study in both sections of the test do not support the hypothesis. It is concluded that the choice of the present progressive or simple present tense in Spanish is apparently not dictated by knowledge of English, but is a choice determined by other linguistic factors inherent in the two tenses in Spanish. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Tense (Verbs)
Note: Paper presented at the Symposium on Spanish and Portuguese Bilingualism (4th, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, November 14-15, 1980).