Can lexical errors inform about word class acquisition in FL?: evidence from greek learners of Spanish as a foreign language


  • Kiriaki Palapanidi Universidad Abierta de Grecia
  • María Pilar Agustín Llach Universidad de la Rioja



error analysis, lexical errors, word class acquisition in FL, vocabulary acquisition in FL, acquisition of Spanish as a FL


This research examines the order of acquisition of words of four different classes: verbs, nouns, adjectives, and adverbs in three different levels of proficiency in the FL. We apply the procedure of Error Analysis to a corpus of written compositions and analyze the interlingual and intralingual lexical errors (formal and semantic) of the Greek students of Spanish as a Foreign Language (SFL). Our results have shown us that there is relationship between the type of word and the production of lexical errors and that the lexical errors present different trend in the different word classes. Additionally, our results lead us to the conclusion that the word class as a stronger predictor of lexical error type than proficiency level.


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Author Biographies

Kiriaki Palapanidi, Universidad Abierta de Grecia

Doctora de Lingüística Aplicada al español como LE

Docente de la Universidad Abierta de Grecia

María Pilar Agustín Llach, Universidad de la Rioja

Departamento de Filologías Modernas

Universidad de la Rioja


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