The acquisition of future temporality by L2 French learners

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Abstract

This cross-sectional study in the acquisition of future temporality by English-speaking L2 French learners presents a descriptive account of the major contrastive features of the expression in futurity in English and French before considering learnability implications. A personal narrative and a cloze task were administered to L2 French learners (n = 34) at three proficiency levels and French native speaker controls (n = 14). Analyses revealed task and proficiency effects, but all learners used a variety of morphological forms to express futurity in their personal narratives, and appear to be acquiring temporal and modal values associated with the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-202
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of French Language Studies
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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