This study investigated the acquisition order of the Spanish copular verbs, SER/ESTAR, by students in Taiwan, whose first language is Mandarin Chinese. The findings suggested (1) the incorrect use of copular omission gradually decreased as learners’ proficiency levels increased; (2) The usage of SER by more advanced learners is more accurate than that of beginning-level learners; (3) SER is acquired before ESTAR; (4) the structure of ESTAR with adjective is more difficult to be acquired than other uses of copulas. The findings corroborate with previous studies on the acquisition order of the Spanish SER/ESTAR.
|Translated title of the contribution||A learner corpus-based study of copular verbs|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2015 Jan 1|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Language and Linguistics
- Linguistics and Language