Systematic Variability in Second-Language Tense Marking
The absence of morphologically marked tense in sentences such as Last year we visit my friend or Yesterday he is sick is among the most prominent characteristics of second-language acquisition (SLA) studies in English. Its status as an interlanguage structure is secure (Burt & Kiparsky, 1972; Dulay & Burt, 1974; Krashen, 1982), and its pedagogical and descriptive significance is unchallenged (Riddle, 1986). Regardless of source language background, it is a feature to be expected in SLA in English.
KeywordsTense Form Verb Type Irregular Form Regular Form Linguistic Factor
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