Zyzik, Eve 2014

Zyzik, Eve. 2014. Causative verbs in the grammar of Spanish heritage speakers. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 4. 1-33. Amsterdam/Philadephia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

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  address   = {Amsterdam/Philadephia},
  author    = {Zyzik, Eve},
  journal   = {Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism},
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  pages     = {1-33},
  publisher = {John Benjamins Publishing Company},
  title     = {Causative verbs in the grammar of Spanish heritage speakers},
  url       = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/lab.4.1.01ziz},
  volume    = {4},
  year      = {2014},
  abstract  = {This study examines argument structure overgeneralizations among heritage speakers of Spanish who exhibit varying degrees of proficiency in the heritage language. Two questions motivated the design of the study: (1) Do heritage speakers differ from native speakers in their acceptance of causative errors? And if so, (2) which classes of verbs are most susceptible to this overgeneralization? A sentence acceptability task targeting two verb classes (unaccusatives and unergatives) was administered to 58 heritage speakers and a comparison group (n = 22) of monolingually-raised native speakers of Spanish. The results confirm that heritage speakers, in contrast to native speakers, accept causative errors with a variety of intransitive verbs. Unaccusative verbs are more readily accepted in transitive frames than unergatives for all groups. Acceptance rates for individual verbs are a function of the particular verb’s compatibility with external causation as well as the possibility of being transitive in English.},
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