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|Other Titles:||Lexical Aspect in Interaction with Grammatical Aspect: A Study of English Aspect Acquisition in Taiwanese Learners|
Department of English, NTNU
The study investigates the possible causes of delayed acquisition of Taiwanese EFL learners in mastering English aspect constructions by examining the lexical aspect of verbs in varied grammatical aspects via a cross-linguistic analysis of English and Chinese aspectual manifestations. Two groups of Chinese speakers of L2 English were invited to participate in an acceptability judgment test consisting of four situational types of verbs in interaction with two grammatical aspects. It was found that progressive aspect was conceptually simpler and acquired faster than perfective aspect, which was conceptually complicated with the addition of durative phrase or terminative phrase. Among the four situational types of verbs, states and activities progressed significantly greater than achievements and accomplishments, probably due to the fact that Chinese has only two primitive verbs, i.e., state and activity, and achievements and accomplishments are derived either morphologically with other verbs or syntactically with aspect markers or additional phrases. Achievements appeared difficult because Taiwanese EFL learners were not aware of the incompatibility of punctuality with the durative phrase, and accomplishments, the disagreement of telicity with the durative phrase but agreement with the terminative phrase. Without attending the required agreement, Taiwanese EFL learners dragged in the development of English aspect acquisition.
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