Der Erwerb von Verbzweitsätzen mit Subjekt im Mittelfeld bei italophonen DaF-Studierenden.
Erwerbsphasen, Lernschwierigkeiten und didaktische Implikationen
This paper focuses on the acquisition of German sentences by Italian native speakers in
Foreign Language Teaching, with the verb located in second position, and the subject found
in the middle field. The study is based upon a corpus of texts written by Italian students
during their first six semesters at the University of Pisa. The first part of the study
describes the main grammatical structural differences between Italian and German declarative
sentences, referring to position of verb, subject and clause constituents. In the second part,
I summarize the research results of the main German-Italian linguistic contrastive studies on
the acquisition of word order in German, by focusing on declarative sentences with the subject
in the middle field. The final part of this paper focuses on the linguistic and contextual
factors influencing the acquisition process for further development in this field of study,
in order to offer suggestions for foreign language teaching of German.