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Title:Ser and estar variation in the Spanish of the Basque Country
Author(s):Ane Icardo Isasa
Subject(s):Linguistics
Syntax
Spanish
Basque
Bilingualism
Abstract:The present study seeks to investigate the claim of Kimberly Geeslin & Pedro Guijarro-Fuentes (2008) that in the Spanish of the Basque Country there is extension of estar. In this study the pool of participants was extended and it was divided in three subgroups depending on their type of bilingualism: Spanish dominant speakers, balanced bilinguals and Basque dominant speakers. This replication shows that the percentage of use of estar with adjectives is lower than both the Spanish monolingual and Basque bilingual groups of Geeslin & Guijarro-Fuentes’ study. Also, it was shown that although no major differences were found between the three Basque bilingual groups, the linguistic variables were significant across groups. Precisely, susceptibility to change, stage level predicates, an individual frame of reference, and estar as the only copula allowed favor estar, as well as physical state, physical appearance, mental state, sensory characteristic and color adjectives.
Issue Date:2014-12
Publisher:Studies in the Linguistic Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers 39: 1-20
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/72638
ISSN:0049-2388
Rights Information:Copyright © 2014 Ane Icardo Isasa
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-19


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