Prototype Account of Tense-Aspect Morphology Acquisition—A Review and Its Prospect

Xuehua AN, Xiaowei GUAN


Language is one of the greatest human inventions. Linguists have been working on how language works and how people learn language. Theories in second language acquisition and cognitive science have been combined to explain how verbs are acquired. Tense and aspect are two of the most important grammatical systems of verbs for expressing temporal concepts in the world. According to past research, prototypical verbs would be acquired more easily and readily than the less prototypical verbs. This review would cover recent studies on prototype account of tense-aspect morphology acquisition and suggest future research possibilities.

Key words: Second language acquisition; Prototype theory; Morphology


Second language acquisition; Prototype theory; Morphology


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