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ERIC Number: EJ1142089
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8333
What We Gain by Combining Variationist and Concept-Oriented Approaches: The Case of Acquiring Spanish Future-Time Expression
Kanwit, Matthew
Language Learning, v67 n2 p461-498 Jun 2017
This study aimed to advance research on first and second language future-time expression in Spanish and to demonstrate the strengths of combining functionalist, concept-oriented approaches (e.g., Andersen, 1984; Bardovi-Harlig, 2000; Shirai, 1995; von Stutterheim & Klein, 1987) with variationist approaches. The study targeted 140 participants (120 English-speaking learners of Spanish of varying proficiency and 20 native speakers of Spanish) who completed an oral task responding to eight prompts (e.g., "describe tus planes para este fin de semana" "describe your plans for this weekend"). Results from cross-tabulations and multinomial regressions indicated gradual inclusion of new linguistic and social variables as learner proficiency increased and demonstrated the value of considering both group and individual behavior. Findings were discussed in relation to stages of acquisition of future-time expression.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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