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Dislocations in French–English bilingual children: An elicitation study

Herve, CDS and SERRATRICE, LUDOVICA and CORLEY, MARTIN (2016) 'Dislocations in French–English bilingual children: An elicitation study.' Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 19 (05). 987 - 1000. ISSN 1366-7289

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of two sentence production studies addressing the role of language exposure, prior linguistic modelling and discourse-pragmatic appropriateness on the phenomenon of cross-linguistic influence (CLI) in bilingual 5-year-olds. We investigated whether French–English bilingual children would be as likely as monolingual children to use a left-dislocation structure in the description of a target scene. We also examined whether input quantity played a role in the degree of accessibility of these syntactic constructions across languages. While the results indicate a significant effect of elicitation condition only in French, the relative amount of language exposure in each language predicted the likelihood of producing a left-dislocation in both French and English. These findings make a new contribution to the role of language exposure as a predictor of CLI. The data also support the recent proposal that CLI arises out of processing mechanisms.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2017 15:46
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2017 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20205

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