Article published in:New Perspectives on the Study of Ser and E star
Edited by Isabel Pérez-Jiménez, Manuel Leonetti and Silvia Gumiel-Molina
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 5] 2015
► pp. 293–324
The development and use of the Spanish copula with adjectives by Korean-speaking learners
The current investigation explores the development and use of the Spanish copulas with adjectives by Korean-speaking learners. Twenty-three adult university-level Korean-speaking learners of Spanish in South Korea completed a sociolinguistic interview task, a background questionnaire, and a grammarbased proficiency test. A variationist analysis identified the range of forms produced in the [copula + adjective] (i.e., attributive) context, the frequency of use of each form, and the relationship between frequency and other factors, both linguistic and individual. Our findings show common patterns between Koreanspeaking learners and the English-speaking learners in previous research but also attest to distinct frequencies of use at earlier proficiency levels.
Keywords: cross-linguistic influence, developmental omission, Korean learners, L2 Spanish, sociolinguistic competence, Spanish copula, variationist approach
Published online: 28 October 2015
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