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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

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Provides richly detailed insight into the uniqueness of the Norwegian language development. Marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian nation following centuries of Danish rule


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Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

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The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.


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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

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Academic Paper


Title: 'Cross-linguistic syntactic priming in bilingual children'
Author: MarinaVasilyeva
Institution: 'Boston College'
Author: HeidiRWaterfall
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Institution: 'Cornell University'
Author: PerlaBGámez
Institution: 'University of Chicago'
Author: LigiaEGómez
Institution: 'Boston College'
Author: EdmondBowers
Institution: 'Tufts University'
Author: Priya MarianaShimpi
Institution: 'Mills College'
Linguistic Field: 'Psycholinguistics; Syntax'
Subject Language: 'English'
' Spanish'
Abstract: Previous research has used cross-linguistic priming methodology with bilingual adults to explore the nature of their syntactic representations. The present paper extends the use of this methodology to bilingual children to investigate the relation between the syntactic structures of their two languages. Specifically, we examined whether the use of passives by the experimenter in one language primed the subsequent use of passives by the child in the other language. Results showed evidence of syntactic priming from Spanish to English: hearing a Spanish sentence containing a passive led to the increase in children's production of the parallel structure in English. However, there was no priming in the other direction: hearing an English sentence containing a passive did not increase children's use of the parallel structure in Spanish. These results provide evidence for both the integration of syntactic representations in bilingual children and the asymmetry of the relation between their two languages.

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This article appears in Journal of Child Language Vol. 37, Issue 5, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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