The role of individual characteristics in the acquisition of Spanish copula choice: The case of Korean learners
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Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics
The present study examined individual patterns of use of variable Spanish copula choice by advanced-level Korean learners. Participants were nine native speakers of Korean enrolled in fourth-year Spanish courses at a South Korean university. To examine variable copula use, learners participated in a sociolinguistic interview and picture book description task from which all pre-adjectival contexts were identified and the distribution (i.e., range and frequency) of copula forms was examined. To examine individual patterns of use, learners completed a background questionnaire and Spanish grammar task. Results revealed that advanced-level Korean learners produced primarily ser, estar, and developmental omission in pre-adjectival contexts, and there was a positive relationship between higher rates of estar and four of the five individual characteristics examined.
Individual differences, L2 Spanish, Spanish copula, Variationist approach
World Languages and Literatures
Avizia Y. Long. "The role of individual characteristics in the acquisition of Spanish copula choice: The case of Korean learners" Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics (2021): 417-439. https://doi.org/10.1075/ihll.31.18lon