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The development of determiners in the context of French-English bilingualism: a study of cross-linguistic influence

Herve, CDS and Serratrice, L (2017) 'The development of determiners in the context of French-English bilingualism: a study of cross-linguistic influence.' Journal of Child Language. ISSN 0305-0009

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Abstract

This paper reports the preliminary results of a study examining the role of structural overlap, language exposure and language use on cross-linguistic influence (CLI) in bilingual first language acquisition. We focus on the longitudinal development of determiners in a corpus of two French-English children between the ages of 2;4 and 3;7. The results display bi-directional CLI in the rate of development, i.e. accelerated development in English and a minor delay in French. Unidirectional CLI from English to French was instead observed in the significantly higher rate of ungrammatical determiner omissions in plural and generic contexts than in singular specific contexts in French. These findings suggest that other language-internal mechanisms may be at play. They also lend support to the role of expressive abilities on the magnitude of this phenomenon.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: determiners, cross-linguistic influence, bilingual first language acquisition, language processing, input
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2017 15:07
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2018 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20381

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