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El uso de las preposiciones por y para por los estudiantes de dos universidades suecas: Los tipos de oraciones más difíciles para diferenciar por y para y las variables que influirían en el uso correcto/incorrecto
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature. Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2013 (Spanish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study is about some of the variables that influence a correct using of the prepositions por and para in the Spanish language and in which type of clauses it is more difficult to separate the two prepositions, according to Swedish students at university level.                                                                                               The purpose of this essay is to investigate in which type of clauses it is more difficult to differentiate por and para. The study also intends to determinate some of the variables that influence on the correct/incorrect use of the two prepositions.                                                                                                     This study is carried out with 56 students from two Swedish universities that are currently studying Spanish at the first, second or third level. This investigation withholds a questionnaire that is divided into two parts. The first part has a sociological character with questions about date and place of birth, sex and native language of the informant and his or her parents. It also includes questions about the informant´s grades in Spanish, the own estimation of his or her competence in Spanish and the own perception of one´s acquired Spanish. The second part contains exercises in which the informants had to choose between por and para and translate the complete sentence into Swedish so that it is clear if they have guessed or if they know the true value of the chosen preposition. The answers of the questionnaire were used to find out in which type of clauses it is more difficult to separate the two prepositions and which factors were most significant for the application of the correct preposition.                                                                   

The results of the investigation show that the clauses formed by spatial location were regarded the hardest ones by the students. They also show that the most significant variable that influences on the use of the correct preposition is the own perception of one´s competence regarding Spanish.

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2013. , 33 p.
Keyword [es]
Preposición, variable, percepción
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-32228OAI: diva2:695433
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Language, Culture and Communication Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2014-10-11 Created: 2014-02-11 Last updated: 2014-10-11Bibliographically approved

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