The Fundamentally Simple Logic of Language
Learning a Second Language with the Tools of the Native Speaker
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The Fundamentally Simple Logic of Language: Learning a Second Language with the Tools of the Native Speaker presents a data-driven approach to understanding how native speakers do not use subject and direct object to process language.
Native speakers know who does what by applying intuitively two simple inferences that are argued to be part of universal grammar. The book explains and exemplifies these two inferences throughout. These two inferences explain the native speaker’s ease of acquisition and use, and answer difficult questions for linguistics (transitivity, case, semantic roles) in such a way that undergraduate students and second language learners can understand these issues and apply them to their own language acquisition. While Spanish is used as the primary example the theory can be applied to many other languages.
This book will appeal to teachers and learners of any second language, as well as linguists interested in second language acquisition.
Table of Contents
1. How subject, direct object, and indirect object really work 2. Perfect auxiliary selection using verber and verbed 3. Solving the transitivity paradox 4. There are verberless sentences, but no subjectless ones 5. The case for the true gustar (Italian ‘piacere’) verbs in Spanish 6. A brief comparison with other theories of linking
Luis H. González is an associate professor of Spanish and linguistics at Wake Forest University. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. His main areas of research are semantic roles, case, reflexivization, clitic doubling, differential object marking, dichotomies in language, Spanish linguistics, and second language learning. He is the co-author of Gramática para la composición (Georgetown UP), a Spanish advanced grammar and writing textbook, now in its third edition (2016). He is also the author of Cómo entender y cómo enseñar por y para, published by Routledge in 2020, and Four Dichotomies in Spanish: Adjective Position, Adjectival Clauses, Ser/Estar, and Preterite/Imperfect (Routledge, forthcoming).