The effects of study abroad on interlanguage development

Paul A. Malovrh, James F. Lee

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The present study provides a concept-oriented analysis of direct object expression among advanced-level learners in classroom-only versus classroom+study abroad contexts. In doing so, it compares linguistic analysis at a morphological stage of development in different learning contexts using quantitative analysis across three levels of study abroad exposure. Results show that, while all learners are considered institutionally advanced, only those with the greatest level of study abroad exposure show evidence of morphological analysis and multifunctionality of forms in oral production. Such findings highlight limitations of traditional definitions of advanced performance by identifying specific individual differences based on learning context, and also challenge the pedagogical expectations of L2 learners reaching a morphological stage of linguistic analysis through classroom exposure alone.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecond Language Spanish. Definitions, challenges, and possibilities
EditorsMandy R. Menke, Paul A. Malovrh
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789027260321
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NameIssues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics
ISSN (Print)2213-3887


  • Advanced l2 Spanish
  • Concept-oriented approach
  • Morphological development
  • Object pronouns
  • Study abroad


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