Article in Language Learning

Dr. Matt Kanwit's new article "What We Gain by Combining Variationist and Concept-Oriented Approaches: The Case of Acquiring Spanish Future-Time Expression" is available in the latest issue of Language Learning, published in June 2017. The paper uncovers the complexity of what has been referred to as the morphological stage of acquisition, showing that learners integrate new forms following the successive addition of new predictive factors. The use of a concept-oriented exploration to track emergence and changes in form–function relationships partnered with a variationist model revealed how such space was carved out developmentally.