The second language acquisition of copula choice in Spanish and its relationship to language change

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Title:
The second language acquisition of copula choice in Spanish and its relationship to language change
Author:
Geeslin, Kimberly Louise
Issue Date:
1999
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
While many linguists point to the value of using data from second language acquisition (SLA) to explore theories of language change, few conduct work in this area. The primary objective of this dissertation is to bridge the gap between these fields by examining the SLA of copula choice before adjectives in Spanish. Historically, the copulas 'ser' and 'estar' have been in competition as the latter has been adopted in new contexts with a wider variety of adjectives. Current sociolinguistic research shows that this change has been accelerated by contact with English (Silva-Corvalan, 1986) but that the change itself was already present in Mexico where contact with English is unlikely Gutierrez, 1992). Gutierrez (1992) identifies classes of adjectives which appear to undergo change first, and based on his findings, makes predictions about the direction of future changes. The classification scheme which enabled Gutierrez (1992) to show how the extension of 'estar˚' progressed also allows for a new approach to classification of SLA data. Previous studies on the SLA of 'ser' and 'estar' (Ryan and Lafford, 1992, Briscoe, 1995) have focused on stages of acquisition, but not within the context 'copula + adjective'. By using data from conversations, picture descriptions and contextualized judgment tasks with English speaking high school students of Spanish at various proficiency levels, the predictions in Gutierrez (1992) can be tested on the order of SLA of the copula+adjective structure. In so doing, the results are expected to shed light on the relationship between SLA and language change.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Education, Language and Literature.; Language, Linguistics.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Second Language Acquisition and Teaching
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Troike, Rudolph

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleThe second language acquisition of copula choice in Spanish and its relationship to language changeen_US
dc.creatorGeeslin, Kimberly Louiseen_US
dc.contributor.authorGeeslin, Kimberly Louiseen_US
dc.date.issued1999en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractWhile many linguists point to the value of using data from second language acquisition (SLA) to explore theories of language change, few conduct work in this area. The primary objective of this dissertation is to bridge the gap between these fields by examining the SLA of copula choice before adjectives in Spanish. Historically, the copulas 'ser' and 'estar' have been in competition as the latter has been adopted in new contexts with a wider variety of adjectives. Current sociolinguistic research shows that this change has been accelerated by contact with English (Silva-Corvalan, 1986) but that the change itself was already present in Mexico where contact with English is unlikely Gutierrez, 1992). Gutierrez (1992) identifies classes of adjectives which appear to undergo change first, and based on his findings, makes predictions about the direction of future changes. The classification scheme which enabled Gutierrez (1992) to show how the extension of 'estar˚' progressed also allows for a new approach to classification of SLA data. Previous studies on the SLA of 'ser' and 'estar' (Ryan and Lafford, 1992, Briscoe, 1995) have focused on stages of acquisition, but not within the context 'copula + adjective'. By using data from conversations, picture descriptions and contextualized judgment tasks with English speaking high school students of Spanish at various proficiency levels, the predictions in Gutierrez (1992) can be tested on the order of SLA of the copula+adjective structure. In so doing, the results are expected to shed light on the relationship between SLA and language change.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectEducation, Language and Literature.en_US
dc.subjectLanguage, Linguistics.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSecond Language Acquisition and Teachingen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorTroike, Rudolphen_US
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