A case for the multifactorial assessment of learner language: the uses of may and can in French-English interlanguage

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In this study, we apply the Behavioral Profile approach developed by Gries & Divjak to a comparison of native British and American English can and may, learner English can and may, and French pouvoir. More than 3700 examples from three corpora were annotated in terms of more than 20 morphosyntactic and semantic features, whose distribution was then analyzed… (More)

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