Skip Navigation
UT wordmark
College of Liberal Arts wordmark
spanish masthead
Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Spring 2007

SPN 383M • The development of tense and aspect in SLA

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47997 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
UTC 4.114

Course Description

This course focuses on the analysis of (1) the morpho-syntactic representation of tense and aspect, (2) the development of inflectional morphology among first and second language learners, (3) the sequence and rate of development of aspectual contrasts, (4) the potential effect of natural and academic learning settings on the development of tense-aspect systems, and (5) the potential impact of pedagogical manipulations on the development of tense-aspect markers. The objective of the course is to develop a theoretical model of the acquisition and representation of tense-aspect knowledge among L2 Spanish speakers.


1. Bardovi-Harlig, K. 2000. Tense and Aspect in SLA. Malden, MA: Blackwell. 2. Comrie, B. 1976. Aspect. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 3. Smith, C. 1997. The Parameter of Aspect. Dordrecht: Kluwer. 4. Packet of readings


bottom border