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Vulnerable Domains and Cross-Linguistic Influence: The View from Trilingual Acquisition.

Devlin, Megan, Folli, Raffaella, Henry, Alison and Sevdali, Christina (2013) Vulnerable Domains and Cross-Linguistic Influence: The View from Trilingual Acquisition. In: Advances in Language Acquisition. (Eds: Stavrakaki, S, Lalioti, M and Konstantinopoulou, X), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, pp. 309-319. ISBN 978-1-4438-4783-4 [Book section]

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Abstract

Although bilingualism has been the subject of considerable research, we know considerably less about what happens when a child acquires three languages. This paper is based on a case study of the simultaneous trilingual language acquisition of English, Italian and Scottish Gaelic. This language combination is especially interesting as the three languages vary significantly in their morphosyntactic structure. The data collection for this longitudinal project occurs weekly and started when the subject was 2:3 and is on-going. This particular paper will focus on three target deviant constructions produced by the child from the age of 2:4 to present (4:5): i) ‘it-doubling’ constructions; ii) adjectival constructions; and iii) possessive + noun constructions. We examine these target deviant constructions to investigate further the relationship between the three languages being acquired. The overarching question is whether the languages have any influence on each other, if so in what way and in which grammatical domain.

Item Type:Book section
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Communication
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Linguistics
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:29000
Deposited By: Dr Christina Sevdali
Deposited On:08 Apr 2014 10:04
Last Modified:08 Apr 2014 10:04

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