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Books: Sociolinguistics: Sanchez

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  1. paul, Quechua-Spanish Bilingualism: Sanchez

Message 1: Quechua-Spanish Bilingualism: Sanchez

Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2004 16:42:07 -0500 (EST)
From: paul <>
Subject: Quechua-Spanish Bilingualism: Sanchez

Title: Quechua-Spanish Bilingualism
Subtitle: Interference and convergence in functional categories
Series Title: Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 35
Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	John Benjamins 
Book URL: 

Author: Liliana S´┐Żnchez, Rutgers University

Hardback: ISBN: 1588114716, Pages: x, 189 pp., Price: USD 119.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027252947, Pages: x, 189 pp., Price: EUR 99.00


This book addresses how cross-linguistic interference is represented
in the bilingual mind. Examining novel oral production data from older
bilingual children representing two Quechua varieties, this research
concludes that interference in the feature specification of functional
categories leads to language change in a language contact situation,
and links convergence, a common set of feature values for the same
functional category in both languages to the activation of features
related to the informational structure of the sentence. These
mechanisms are illustrated in detail by the presence of overt
determiners, canonical SVO word order and the absence of accusative
marking in bilingual Quechua and by neutralization of case and gender
distinctions in direct object pronouns as well as in the emergence of
null pronouns with definite antecedents in bilingual Spanish.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ix--x 
1. The acquisition of functional categories in bilinguals 1--16 
2. The direct object system of Quechua and Spanish 17--64 
3. Bilinguals in a language contact situation 65--84 
4. A turtle is looking at a toad: Functional interference and
 convergence in bilingual Quechua 85--113
5. The frog is looking at Phi-features: Functional convergence in
 bilingual Spanish 115--153
6. Conclusions 155--158 
Appendix 159--175 
Bibliography 177--184 
Index 185--187

Lingfield(s):	Bi- & Multilingualism (Sociolinguistics)

Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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