This study investigates the linguistic performance of heritage language learners (HLLs) and second language learners (SLLs) in perceiving and producing the subjunctive mood in Spanish. Twentysix undergraduate students taking upper-division Spanish classes participated in the current study. The results revealed that HLLs were more confident in their choice and correctly selected the subjunctive mood more often than SLLs. Critically, this finding contradicts previous research where HLLs were often less confident in their linguistics abilities and command of subjunctive mood. In addition, this study suggests that knowing a third cognate language might have an effect in correctly identifying these verbal forms. Further research in that area of inquiry is recommended.
Heritage and Second Language Learners’ Perception and Production of the Subjunctive Mood in Spanish.
Undergraduate Review, 15, 184-193.
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