International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

EXPRESSING THE FUTURITY IN TURKISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
Assist. Prof. Dr. Türkay Bulut

Abstract
The central aim of this study is to elucidate how adult native speakers of English studying Turkish as a second language perceive and produce the primary future markers in their interlanguage. Specifically, we have investigated how future time references in English are transferred, and how the differences marked by will, be going to, aorist and the present progressive are perceived in Turkish. The question stems from the point that Turkish is marked in the sense that verbs are inflected for the future tense (-(y)AcAk suffix); whereas, in English, morphologically speaking, we cannot talk about a future tense since there is no inflectional ending. The findings revealed that the participants demonstrated more sensitivity to pragmatic constraints rather than morphosyntactic features.

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