Abstract

Abstract:

This study examines how faithfully second language (L2) Spanish textbooks represent the variability found in natural language use with regard to variable clitic placement (VCP). We offer a corpus study of VCP in the language used throughout nine Spanish L2 textbooks, which constitute all the available textbooks designed to teach Rioplatense Spanish. The results show that VCP in the textbooks is not constrained by animacy or register, and they suggest that the L2 textbooks analyzed do not necessarily portray VCP in monolingual Argentine Spanish. Instead, textbooks portray some important aspects of native-like VCP found across dialects, such as the overall frequencies reported for written Spanish and main effect of lexical verb lexeme.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2153-6414
Print ISSN
0018-2133
Pages
pp. 55-68
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-28
Open Access
No
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