Vol. 5 No. 1 (2018)

Mantenimiento y cambio de tópico en un corpus de ELE

Kim Collewaert
Vrije Universiteit Brussel Research group CLIN
An Vande Casteele
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Published October 10, 2018


Spanish as a foreign language, Corpus linguistics, Discourse analysis, Anaphora resolution, Information Structure


The present investigation studies “clean” topic-continuity and topic-shift in a corpus of oral narratives produced by Dutch-speaking learners of Spanish as a foreign language. It thereby investigates to what extent the learners use the null pronoun, the explicit personal pronoun and the proper name in order to mark both topic-continuity and topic-shift, considering the different referential options in Dutch and Spanish, respectively non-pro-drop and pro-drop languages. Embedded in the cognitive linguistics tradition, the study is primarily based upon the Accessibility Theory (Ariel 1990) and the accessibility scales created by Ariel and Figueras (2002). The corpus data were annotated in Excel and in the UAM CorpusTool.


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