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Learner Hypothesis and Past Tense Marking in Vietnamese English
Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
1996 (English)In: World Englishes, ISSN 0883-2919, E-ISSN 1467-971X, Vol. 15, no 2, p. 183-192Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A number of recent studies on tense in L2 have claimed that the past tense is acquired in developmental stages: verbs, such as 'build' and 'work,' which are lexico-aspectually more event-like (less state-like) are claimed to be marked for past tense earlier in the developmental process than those, such as 'be' and 'want,' which are less event-like (more state-like). In this paper, I will closely examine seven samples of writing by L1 speakers of Vietnamese to show that grounding, rather than lexical aspect, properly accounts for the selective marking of past tense. I will suggest that the learner-hypothesis that governs this use of English past tense derives from the transference of a grounding-marking principle from a tense-free language, and I will briefly address the pedagogical implications of this finding.

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1996. Vol. 15, no 2, p. 183-192
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-3781OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:3781DiVA, id: diva2:520031
Available from: 2009-03-11 Created: 2009-03-11 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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