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ERIC Number: EJ878689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0019-042X
The Status of the Auxiliary "Do" in L1 and L2 English Negative Clauses
Perales, Susana
International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching (IRAL), v48 n1 p1-23 Mar 2010
This paper addresses the issue of whether negative sentences containing auxiliary "do" in L1 and L2 English share the same underlying syntactic representation. To this end, I compare the negative sentences produced by 77 bilingual (Spanish/Basque) L2 learners of English with the corresponding data available for L1 acquirers reported on in Schutze (Carson, The status of he/she don't and theories of root infinitives, 2001), under the assumption that L1 and L2 grammars may be underspecified for Tense and/or Agreement features. I conclude that, despite similarities in the type of errors children and L2 learners produce, the L2 data do not show evidence of underspecification. Rather, it appears that L2 learners use a lexical strategy whereby they adopt "don't" as an independent preverbal negative marker.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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