Prototypical influence in second language acquisition: What now for the aspect hypothesis

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Abstract

This paper presents empirical evidence on the development of aspect by English- And German-speaking university learners of French L2 collected from a spoken narrative task and a sentence interpretation task. Contrary to the Aspect Hypothesis's predictions, this study's results suggest that increased use of prototypical pairings goes in hand with increased L2 proficiency. Following a small but growing number of studies, this study questions the route of L2 development proposed by the Aspect Hypothesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-322
Number of pages24
JournalIRAL - International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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