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dc.contributor.authorCamilleri Grima, Antoinette-
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-25T10:12:39Z-
dc.date.available2017-07-25T10:12:39Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationCamilleri Grima, A. (2015). Exploring the acquisition of tense and aspect by adult foreign learners of Maltese. Malta Review for Educational Research, 9(1), 57-77.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn17269725-
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/20653-
dc.description.abstractThis article describes an initial analysis of the acquisition of Maltese as a foreign language by adult learners. It specifically looks at four verbal tense and aspect forms. Three intermediate-to-advanced level learners were asked to carry out a set of tasks, and the resulting data was compared to that produced by three adult native speakers of Maltese. The main finding was that on production tasks (unanalysed knowledge) the most commonly used tense/aspect by foreign learners is the ‘imperfett’ (unrestricted habitual aspect) which native speakers (NSs) use only half as much as the foreign learners (NNSs). On the other hand, native speakers use the ‘perfett’ (past tense) twice as much as the foreign users of Maltese. Another interesting finding is that on tasks that require analysed knowledge the main difference between NSs and NNSs was that the NNSs had greater difficulty with the progressive and the restricted habitual, but did not show significant variability with regard to the ‘perfett’ and ‘imperfett’. Thus, the results indicate that (i) there is a difference in the performance of NNSs in quantity rather than quality with regard to the ‘perfett’ and ‘imperfett’; and (ii) that on tasks requiring analysed knowledge NNSs have difficulty with regard to the progressive and restricted habitual forms.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen_GB
dc.publisherUniversity of Malta. Faculty of Educationen_GB
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccessen_GB
dc.subjectMaltese language -- Study and teachingen_GB
dc.subjectMaltese language -- Aspecten_GB
dc.subjectInterlanguage (Language learning)en_GB
dc.subjectSecond language acquisitionen_GB
dc.titleExploring the acquisition of tense and aspect by adult foreign learners of Malteseen_GB
dc.typearticleen_GB
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dc.description.reviewedpeer-revieweden_GB
dc.publication.titleMalta Review of Educational Researchen_GB
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