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Effects of corrective feedback on L2 acquisition of tense-aspect verbal morphology

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JournalLinguistics, Interaction and Acquisition (LIA)/Acquísítíon et Interactíon en Langue Étrangère
DatePublished - 2015
Issue number1
Number of pages31
Pages (from-to)149-180
Original languageEnglish


In this study, the effectiveness of implicit corrective feedback was examined with a group of 30 sixteen-year-old English native speakers learning French, who received either recasts or clarification requests on errors they made in the use or the form of the passé composé and the imparfait. The control group did not undergo any treatment. Overall, the results indicate that recasts were more effective in improving accuracy of form and use for both the passé composé and the imparfait. However, an examination of language development with reference to the Aspect hypothesis and the inherent lexical aspect of verbs, showed that no change occurred between the pretest and the posttests. The passé composé was associated exclusively with achievement verbs whereas the imparfait was limited to several frequent irregular stative verbs and a few activity verbs.

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  • corrective feedback, lexical aspect, grammatical aspect, recasts

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