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Saturday, October 12 • 3:40pm - 5:30pm
(P4) Carvalho & Picoral: The acquisition of preposition+article contractions in L3 Portuguese among different L1- speaking learners: A variationist approach

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The acquisition of preposition+article contractions in L3 Portuguese among different L1- speaking learners: A variationist approach

This paper sheds light on differential paths of third language (L3) acquisition of Portuguese by Spanish-English speakers whose first language is Spanish (L1 Spanish), English (L1 English), or both in the case of heritage speakers of Spanish (HL). Specifically, we look at the acquisition of a categorical rule in Portuguese, where some prepositions are invariably contracted with the determiner that follows them. Based on a corpus of 841 written assignments by Portuguese L3 learners, we extracted 10,047 tokens in obligatory contraction contexts. We analyzed the impact of linguistic (type of preposition and lexical frequency) and extra linguistic factors (course level, learner’s L1 and L2), with individual as random factor, using Rbrul (Johnson, 2008). Results point to clear tendencies, albeit abundant individual differences. L1 English and HL speakers acquire contractions at higher rate than L1 Spanish speakers, revealing a non-facilitatory role of a cognate L1 in transfer patterns during L3 acquisition.

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Ana Carvalho

University of Arizona
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Adriana Picoral

University of Arizona


Saturday October 12, 2019 3:40pm - 5:30pm
EMU Ballroom


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