The use of stative progressives by school-age learners of English and the importance of the variable context

Faculty/Professorship: English and Historical Linguistics  
Author(s): Fuchs, Robert; Werner, Valentin  
Title of the Journal: International journal of learner corpus research : IJLCR
ISSN: 2215-1478
Publisher Information: Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publ. Comp.
Year of publication: 2018
Volume: 4
Issue: 2
Pages: 195-224
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1075/ijlcr.17010.fuc
Previous studies indicate that even advanced learners of English as a Foreign Language and speakers of English as a Second Language extend the progressive to stative verbs, contrary to the predictions of the Aspect Hypothesis (AH). We test this claim based on a corpus of beginning and lower intermediate learner writing produced by speakers of three languages with and three without a progressive. In contrast to previous studies, we measure the frequency of stative progressives using the variable context method, which is frequently used in research on dialectal variation. Results reveal that stative progressives are very rare at the beginning/lower intermediate level, regardless of the presence of a progressive in the learners’ L1, confirming the claim of the AH for beginning and lower intermediate learners. Moreover, stative progressives mostly occur in contexts that are grammatical in native usage, especially in the interlanguage of learners with a progressive in their L1.
Keywords: stative progressive, aspect, aspect hypothesis, transfer, ICCI
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Year of publication: 3. September 2018