Title

Spanish and English Contact and The Order of Morpheme Acquisition

Subject Area

Second Language Acquisition

Abstract

In both first language (L1) and second language (L2) acquisition there appears to be something approaching a 'natural order' of the acquisition of morphemes. In addition there are peculiarities which are part of the morphosyntax of any language influencing the order of morpheme acquisition in L2, whether it be from the L1, or as in the case of simultaneous bilinguals, another L1. Using Myers-Scotton's (2002) 4-M model to analyze and discuss bilingual and second language data, we show this tendency for speakers to acquire language morphology in a natural order, regardless of the L1, but with special reference to Spanish and English in contact we also show that the two languages can influence each other and make changes in the order of acquisition. Implications are indicated regarding language pedagogy, especially English and Spanish as second languages or when both languages are acquired simultaneously.

Brief Bio Note

Daniel Smith is an associate professor of Spanish at Clemson University in South Carolina. He teaches Spanish and linguistics and his research interests are primarily language contact, especially Spanish and English in contact, and second language acquisition.

Keywords

bilingualism, language acquisition, interference, convergence, morpheme acquisition

Location

Room 210

Presentation Year

2018

Start Date

4-5-2018 2:15 PM

Embargo

11-3-2017

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Spanish and English Contact and The Order of Morpheme Acquisition

Room 210

In both first language (L1) and second language (L2) acquisition there appears to be something approaching a 'natural order' of the acquisition of morphemes. In addition there are peculiarities which are part of the morphosyntax of any language influencing the order of morpheme acquisition in L2, whether it be from the L1, or as in the case of simultaneous bilinguals, another L1. Using Myers-Scotton's (2002) 4-M model to analyze and discuss bilingual and second language data, we show this tendency for speakers to acquire language morphology in a natural order, regardless of the L1, but with special reference to Spanish and English in contact we also show that the two languages can influence each other and make changes in the order of acquisition. Implications are indicated regarding language pedagogy, especially English and Spanish as second languages or when both languages are acquired simultaneously.