I own books with verb tables for French, German and Spanish, i.e. for several languages with rather elaborate verb conjugations. At school, I was made to learn such conjugations for French verbs and quizzed on them. For Dutch, Latin, English and German, we basically learnt the principal parts and learnt to derive the rest from these.

However, are there any studies that show the effectiveness of learning verb conjugations beyond the principal parts? If yes, is this effectiveness only relevant to certain languages and not to others?


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There is some research on verb morphology, like Gor & Chernigovskaya (2004), which might be something useful to you.

Other than that, I can recommend that you have a quick Google Scholar search for something like "verb conjugation SLA", and so on.

If you are a student yourself, you might consider finding an advisor who'd support your own research project in order to find the answers yourself, if you can't find what you're looking for!

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    Thanks. I know how to do the research, but if I do it on my own, the site won't grow ;-)
    – Tsundoku
    Sep 24, 2016 at 21:36

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