Incomplete acquisition and attrition of Spanish tense/aspect distinctions in adult bilinguals

  title={Incomplete acquisition and attrition of Spanish tense/aspect distinctions in adult bilinguals},
  author={Silvina A. Montrul},
  journal={Bilingualism: Language and Cognition},
  pages={39 - 68}
  • S. Montrul
  • Published 1 April 2002
  • Linguistics
  • Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
This study investigates whether age of onset of bilingualism has an effect on ultimate attainment, and documents incomplete acquisition and attrition of tense/aspect morphology in Spanish. A group of 20 monolingual Spanish speakers, 31 US-born bilinguals, and 8 Latin America-born bilinguals participated in the study. Sixteen of the US-born participants were simultaneous bilinguals who had been exposed to Spanish and English from ages 0 to 3, the remaining 15 learned English between ages 4 to 7… 

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