The target of investigation in the present study is the class of psychological predicates exemplified by gustar; this class demonstrates unique mapping properties that render it especially problematical and perplexing for English speakers acquiring Spanish as a second language and likewise vulnerable to alteration in contact and contracting varieties of Spanish. In the experiment reported herein, heritage Spanish speakers are shown to accept and produce particular non-target psychological predicate constructions. Their behavior is interpreted as revealing two 'optimization' strategies-Map the animate argument to the structural subject position and the inanimate argument to the structural object; and dedicate the preverbal position to the structural subject-which render the mapping more transparent.
2021. La adquisición del español como L3 por estudiantes chinos: las construcciones con gustar. Círculo de Lingüística Aplicada a la Comunicación 88 ► pp. 255 ff.
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