The present volume provides a cross-linguistic perspective on the development of tense-aspect in L2 acquisition. Data-based studies included in this volume deal with the analysis of a wide range of target languages: Chinese, English, Italian, French, Japanese, and Spanish. Theoretical frameworks used to evaluate the nature of the empirical evidence range from generative grammar to functional-typological linguistics. Several studies focus on the development of past tense markers, but other issues such as the acquisition of a future marker are also addressed. An introductory chapter outlines some theoretical and methodological issues that serves as relevant preliminary reading for most of the chapters included in this volume. Additionally, a preliminary chapter offers a substantive review of first language acquisition of tense-aspect morphology. The analysis of the various languages included in this volume significantly advances our understanding of this phenomenon, and will serve as an important basis for future research.
1. Acknowledgments; 2. Contributors; 3. Abbreviations used in glosses; 4. 1. L2 acquisition of tense-aspect morphology (by Salaberry, M. Rafael); 5. 2. The first language acquisition of tense and aspect: A review (by Weist, Richard); 6. 3. The dimensions of pastness (by Andersen, Roger W.); 7. 4. Temporal relations in learner varieties: Grammaticalization and discourse construction (by Noyau, Colette); 8. 5. Analyzing aspect (by Bardovi-Harlig, Kathleen); 9. 6. The development of tense-aspect in English as a second language and the variable influence of inherent aspect (by Housen, Alex); 10. 7. The aspect hypothesis in naturalistic L2 acquisition: What uninflected and non-target-like verb forms in early interlanguage tell us (by Rohde, Andreas); 11. 8. How do learners acquire the classical three categories of temporality? Evidence from L2 Italian (by Giacalone Ramat, Anna); 12. 9. Lexical aspect in child second language acquisition of temporal morphology: A bidirectional study (by Rocca, Sonia); 13. 10. Information structure in dialogic future plans: A study of Italian native speakers and Swedish preadvanced and advanced learners of Italian (by Wiberg, Eva); 14. 11. Reference to past events in dialogue: The acquisition of tense and aspect by advanced learners of French (by Kihlstedt, Maria); 15. 12. On viewpoint aspect interpretation and its L2 acquisition: A UG perspective (by Slabakova, Roumyana); 16. 13. Tense and aspect in the selection of Spanish past tense verbal morphology (by Salaberry, M. Rafael); 17. 14. The acquisition and use of perfective aspect in Mandarin (by Duff, Patricia A.); 18. 15. The prototype hypothesis of tense-aspect acquisition in second language (by Shirai, Yasuhiro); 19. Index