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The Development of Discourse and Morphological Features in L2 Narratives : A Study with Classroom Spanish-Speaking Learners of French

Maria Kihlstedt
Jesús Izquierdo

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Previous research has examined the organization of second-language French narratives through discourse or morphological analyses. At the discourse level, the analyses have investigated the foreground/background relationship. Conversely, at the morphological level, the analyses have examined the role played by verbal morphology and verbal predicates. Different methodological caveats have limited the interpretation of findings in both types of analyses. In order to provide new data, this cross-sectional study examined the evolution of discourse and morphological resources in the written narratives of Mexican Spanish-speaking learners of French whose language learning experience is limited to the classroom. The learners in the cross-sectional sample (n = 11) were selected from a population of 88 participants who completed lexical, past-tense and general proficiency tests. They also generated two written narratives during silent-film retelling tasks. The cross-sectional sample selection was based on the learners’ test scores and the results of parametric statistical analyses. The narratives were analyzed for the identification of foreground/background clauses, verbal morphology and verbal predicates. The results reveal that, as learners’ past-tense knowledge increases, the organization of narratives consolidates through a developmental path that involves the interrelated growth of discourse and morphological features.

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hal-04083952 , version 1 (10-05-2023)

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Maria Kihlstedt, Jesús Izquierdo. The Development of Discourse and Morphological Features in L2 Narratives : A Study with Classroom Spanish-Speaking Learners of French. Languages, 2021, 6 (4), pp.191. ⟨10.3390/languages6040191⟩. ⟨hal-04083952⟩
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