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Prototypical influence in second language acquisition: What now for the Aspect Hypothesis

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JournalInternational Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching
DatePublished - Aug 2013
Issue number3
Volume51
Pages (from-to)299-322
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper presents empirical evidence on the development of aspect by English- and German-speaking university learners of French L2 collected from a spoken narrative task and a sentence interpretation task. Contrary to the Aspect Hypothesis's predictions, this study's results suggest that increased use of prototypical pairings goes in hand with increased L2 proficiency. Following a small but growing number of studies, this study questions the route of L2 development proposed by the Aspect Hypothesis.

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  • second language acquisition, aspect hypothesis, tense, aspect, FRENCH, german

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