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Montserrat Martínez Vázquez (1): Learning Argument Structure Generalizations in a Foreign Language VIAL. Number 1/2004: 151-165.
Goldberg (1997:385) proposed that constructions aid in the acquisition
of verb meaning by determining the general scene that is being referred
to. The results of an experiment (Bencini and Goldberg, 2000) proved
that people recognize constructional meanings and suggests that
constructions may be 'natural' linguistic categories easily recognized
by speakers. Taking this idea as a starting point, two questions are
addressed in this paper. Do constructions help in the acquisition of a
second language? And, how do constructions work in languages like
Spanish which, unlike English, have a rich morphology?
(1) Universidad de Huelva, Spain.
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