Production of Subject-Verb Agreement in Spanish as a Second Language

Janet Nicol, Delia Greth

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Abstract

In this paper, we report the results of a study of English speakers who have learned Spanish as a second language. All were late learners who have achieved near- advanced proficiency in Spanish. The focus of the research is on the production of subject-verb agreement errors and the factors that influence the incidence of such errors. There is some evidence that English and Spanish subject-verb agreement differ in susceptibility to interference from different types of variables; specifically, it has been reported that Spanish speakers show a greater influence of semantic factors in their implementation of subject-verb agreement (Vigliocco, Butterworth, & Garrett, 1996). In our study, all participants were tested in English (LI) and Spanish (L2). Results indicate nearly identical error patterns: these speakers show no greater influence of semantic variables in the computation of agreement when they are speaking Spanish than when they are speaking English.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-203
Number of pages8
JournalExperimental Psychology
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

Keywords

  • Distributivity
  • Second language production
  • Subject-verb agreement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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