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ERIC Number: EJ883417
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8333
A Corpus-Based Analysis of the Discourse Functions of "Ser/Estar" + Adjective in Three Levels of Spanish as FL Learners
Collentine, Joe; Asencion-Delaney, Yuly
Language Learning, v60 n2 p409-445 Jun 2010
Research on the acquisition of Spanish's two copulas, "ser" and "estar," provides an understanding of the interaction among syntax, semantics, pragmatics, morphology, and vocabulary during development (e.g., Geeslin, 2003a, 2003b; Gunterman, 1992; Ryan & Lafford, 1992). Recent research suggests that linguistic features in the surrounding discourse influence learners' copula choice. We present a corpus-based analysis of the lexico-grammatical features co-occurring with copula + adjective usage among foreign-language learners of Spanish at three levels of instruction. Findings revealed the following: (a) both "ser" + adjective and "estar" + adjective occur at all levels where little linguistic complexity typically occurs; (b) "ser" + adjective appears in descriptive and evaluative discourse; and (c) "estar" + adjective is present in narrations, descriptions, and hypothetical discourse.
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Language: English
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