The obligatory use of the preposition ‘a’ with animate, specific direct objects in Spanish (Juan conoce a María ‘Juan knows Maria’) is a well-known instance of Differential Object Marking (DOM). This study investigates the acquisition of DOM in Spanish by native speakers of Turkish, a language that exemplifies DOM on the basis of case marking. Twenty native speakers of Spanish and 32 Turkish-speaking learners of Spanish completed a written production, a written comprehension, and a bimodal acceptability judgment task. Our results show that Turkish learners of Spanish are quite successful at acquiring feature specification and distribution of DOM even at low levels of proficiency. Keywords: Differential object marking; Turkish; Spanish, case; L2 acquisition
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Acquisition of Spanish in Understudied Language Pairings
EditorsTiffany Judy, Silvia Perpiñán
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
ISBN (Electronic)9789027269089
ISBN (Print)9789027258021
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

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


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