Chapter published in:Complement Clauses in Portuguese: Syntax and acquisition
Edited by Ana Lúcia Santos and Anabela Gonçalves
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 17] 2018
► pp. 321–360
Inflected infinitives in L2 Portuguese
This study investigates the acquisition of morphosyntactic and interpretative properties of the Portuguese inflected infinitive by Chinese and Spanish speakers, using three experimental tasks. Assuming a Full Access approach (Schwartz & Sprouse, 1996) and the Interface Hypothesis (Sorace, 2011), we predict that full acquisition of the morphosyntactic properties is possible, albeit showing L1 effects, and that interpretative properties develop later than narrow syntactic properties. Both predictions are supported. Our findings show that the advanced learners have largely acquired the relevant morphosyntactic properties, although there is evidence of developmental delays, particularly in the Spanish group. Moreover, both advanced groups performed non-targetlike regarding the interpretation of overt subjects; however, the Spanish group showed an advantage over the Chinese group with null subjects.
Keywords: inflected infinitive, European Portuguese, L2 acquisition, Full Access, Interface Hypothesis
Published online: 16 August 2018
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