Palapanidi, K. and Agustín Llach, M.P. 2014. Can lexical errors inform about word class acquisition?: Evidence from Greek learners of Spanish as a Foreign Language. Revista de Lenguas y Linguistica Aplicada (RLyLA) 9: 67-78.
ABSTRACT: This research study examines the order of acquisition of four different classes of words: 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 Greek students studying Spanish as a Foreign Language (SFL). Our results have shown i) that there is a relationship between the type of word and the production of lexical errors and ii) that the evolution of lexical errors presents different trends for different word classes. Additionally, our results lead us to the conclusion that word class is a stronger predictor of lexical error type than proficiency level.