Beyond the Aspect Hypothesis

Tense-Aspect Development in Advanced L2 French

by Emmannuelle Labeau (Author)
©2005 Monographs 264 Pages


The Aspect Hypothesis (AH) claims that the association of any verb category (lexical aspect) with any grammatical aspect (perfective or imperfective) constitutes the endpoint of acquisition.
The present book evaluates the explanatory power of the Aspect Hypothesis for the acquisition of French past tenses, which constitutes a serious stumbling block for foreign learners, even at the highest levels of proficiency. The present research applies the Aspect Hypothesis to the production of 61 Anglophone ‘advanced learners’ in a tutored environment. In so doing, it tests concurrent explanations, including the influence of the input, the influence of chunking, and the hypothesis of cyclic development. It discusses the cotextual and contextual factors that still provoke «non-native glitches» at the final stage of the Aspect Hypothesis.
The book shows that the AH fails to account for the complex phenomenon of past tense development, as it adopts a local and linear approach.


ISBN (Softcover)
Grammatical Aspect Lexical Aspect Corpus Analysis French past tense Französisch Vergangenheitstempus Englisch Muttersprache French Language Aspekt (Linguistik) French /foreign language
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2005. 264 pp., num. fig. and tables

Biographical notes

Emmannuelle Labeau (Author)

The Author: Emmanuelle Labeau studied French Literature and Linguistics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles where she was awarded teacher qualifications for L1 and L2 French. She has been teaching at Aston University since 1995 as an assistant, teaching fellow and finally lecturer. She completed her Ph.D. in 2002. Her research interests are tense and aspect in French, both in acquisition and in language description.


Title: Beyond the Aspect Hypothesis