A Corpus-Based Approach to Gerundial and Infinitival Complementation in Spanish ESL Writing

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This paper examines the use of infinitival and gerundial constructions by intermediate Spanish learners. The use of those two patterns creates problems for second language learners at intermediate and advanced levels. However, there are only few studies on their second language acquisition, and fewer focus on Spanish learners. This study tries to resolve this and to this end, I retrieved all hits of the two constructions from the Spanish component of the International Learner Corpus of English (SP-ICLE). I run a distinctive collexeme analysis (DCA) to identify the verbs that are associated with either pattern. The results are discussed at ... continued below

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Martinez-Garcia, Maria Teresa May 2011.

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This paper examines the use of infinitival and gerundial constructions by intermediate Spanish learners. The use of those two patterns creates problems for second language learners at intermediate and advanced levels. However, there are only few studies on their second language acquisition, and fewer focus on Spanish learners. This study tries to resolve this and to this end, I retrieved all hits of the two constructions from the Spanish component of the International Learner Corpus of English (SP-ICLE). I run a distinctive collexeme analysis (DCA) to identify the verbs that are associated with either pattern. The results are discussed at three different levels: (i) the identification of verbs that Spanish learners associate with each construction; (ii) a systematic comparison with previous studies on native speakers to show possible similarities/discrepancies; and (iii) a comparison of the results with findings on German learners to discuss possible effects of language similarity and transfer.

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Martinez-Garcia, Maria Teresa. A Corpus-Based Approach to Gerundial and Infinitival Complementation in Spanish ESL Writing, thesis, May 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc68011/: accessed February 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .