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Title: Quechua-Spanish Bilingualism
Subtitle: Interference and convergence in functional categories
Written By: Liliana E. Sánchez
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LALD_35
Series Title: Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 35
Description:

This book addresses how cross-linguistic interference is represented in the bilingual mind. Examining novel oral production data from older bilingual children representing two uechua 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 uechua 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 uechua 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 uechua 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

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Bi- & Multilingualism
Subject Language(s): Quechua, Huaylas Ancash
Quechua, Arequipa-La Unión
Quechua, Classical
Quechua, Pacaraos
Quechua, Eastern Apurímac
Quechua, Chiquián Ancash
Quechua, Northern Conchucos Ancash
Quechua, Corongo Ancash
Quechua, Santa Ana de Tusi Pasco
Quechua, Ambo-Pasco
Quechua, Southern Conchucos Ancash
Quechua, Margos-Yarowilca-Lauricocha
Quechua, Huamalíes-Dos de Mayo Huánuco
Quechua, Panao Huánuco
Quechua, Puno
Quechua, Sihuas Ancash
Quechua, Jauja Wanca
Quechua, Huaylla Wanca
Quechua, North Junín
Quichua, Northern Pastaza
Quechua, Napo Lowland
Quechua, Cajatambo North Lima
Quechua, Cajamarca
Quechua, San Martín
Quechua, Huallaga Huánuco
Quechua, Chilean
Quechua, Lambayeque
Quechua, South Bolivian
Quechua, Chachapoyas
Quechua, North Bolivian
Quechua, Southern Pastaza
Quechua, Yanahuanca Pasco
Quechua, Yauyos
Quechua, Ayacucho
Quechua, Cusco
Spanish
Language Family(ies): Spanish-Quechua
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