Inflected infinitives in L2 Portuguese

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This study investigates the acquisition of morphosyntactic and interpretativeproperties of the Portuguese inflected infnitive by Chinese and Spanish speakers,using three experimental tasks. Assuming a Full Access approach (Schwartz& Sprouse, 1996) and the Interface Hypothesis (Sorace, 2011), we predict thatfull acquisition of the morphosyntactic properties is possible, albeit showing L1effects, and that interpretative properties develop later than narrow syntacticproperties. Both predictions are supported. Our fndings show that the advancedlearners have largely acquired the relevant morphosyntactic properties, althoughthere is evidence of developmental delays, particularly in the Spanish group.Moreover, both advanced groups performed non-targetlike regarding theinterpretation of overt subjects; however, the Spanish group showed an advantageover the Chinese group with null subjects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComplement Clauses in Portuguese
Subtitle of host publicationSyntax and acquisition
EditorsAna Lúcia Santos, Anabela Gonçalves
Place of PublicationAmsterdam and Philadelphia
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages40
ISBN (Electronic)9789027263964
ISBN (Print)9789027200891
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameIssues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics
PublisherJohn Benjamins
ISSN (Print)2213-3887


  • inflected infnitive
  • European Portuguese
  • L2 acquisition
  • Full Access
  • Interface Hypothesis


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