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TO BE and not TO BE: A second language acquisition study in Spanish and English


1999 1999

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Abstract (summary)

This dissertation studies the second language acquisition of SER and ESTAR in native English speakers and also the acquisition of TO BE in native Spanish speakers. Through two experiments a sample of students is tested on their performance in translation tasks from their native language onto their second language. The analysis of their performance is focused on the syntactic and semantic aspects of the responses.

A working framework of SER and ESTAR is developed based on the data that was obtained in the two experiments and the subsequent statistical analysis. It is observed that there is a distinct difference in performance depending upon the direction of the translation task which is proportional to the degree of competence and the native tongue of a particular speaker.

Finally both SER and ESTAR are compared to TO BE at a syntactic and semantic level and a final model is presented that explains the performance of the speakers in the sample as well as the underlying linguistic mechanisms.

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Subject
Linguistics
Classification
0290: Linguistics
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics; English; Second language; Spanish
Title
TO BE and not TO BE: A second language acquisition study in Spanish and English
Author
Alegre, Cesar A.
Number of pages
336
Publication year
1999
Degree date
1999
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 60/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599328587, 0599328584
Advisor
Zamora, Juan C.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9932284
ProQuest document ID
304515929
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304515929
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