NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ939988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0267-6583
The Aspect Hypothesis, Defective Tense, and Obligatory Contexts: Comments on Haznedar, 2007
Costello, Willie; Shirai, Yasuhiro
Second Language Research, v27 n4 p467-480 Oct 2011
Haznedar (2007) argues that longitudinal data from a child learner of English who has Turkish as a first language (L1) constitute a counterexample to the Aspect Hypothesis. In this commentary, we show that her argument is not warranted because the Aspect Hypothesis does not presuppose that tense is defective, contra her claim. However, Haznedar's finding that many achievement verbs in past tense context are left uninflected suggests that refinement of the Aspect Hypothesis may be needed. (Contains 2 figures, 4 tables, and 6 notes.)
SAGE Publications. 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320. Tel: 800-818-7243; Tel: 805-499-9774; Fax: 800-583-2665; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A