LINGUIST List 32.3791

Sun Dec 05 2021

Books: Gender Acquisition in Spanish: Diebowski

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Date: 09-Nov-2021
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Subject: Gender Acquisition in Spanish: Diebowski
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Title: Gender Acquisition in Spanish
Subtitle: Effects of Language and Age
Series Title: Studies on Language Acquisition
Published: 2021
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Author: Jessica Diebowski
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110703047 Pages: 344 Price: U.S. $ 137.99
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110702972 Pages: 344 Price: U.S. $ 137.99

The comparative investigation of the acquisition of gender in Spanish by early and late bilinguals of different language combinations is highly debated and crucial as the phenomenon of gender involves grammatical features that differ in all three languages under investigation. Against this background, both early and late bilinguals face an arduous learning task which differs in complexity. Couched within a generative framework, the empirical study focuses on 257 participants with different levels of proficiency in Spanish ranging from low to advanced, and through a series of tests aims to discover which extra-linguistic and intra-linguistic factors act as triggers for non-native outcomes in adult heritage speakers and L2 learners. The observed morphological variability is argued not to stem from a representational (i.e. syntactic) deficit, but rather from a mapping problem in L2 learners and heritage speakers. Successful attainment in terms of gender is possible but dependent on the interplay between various extralinguistic and linguistic factors.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)

Written In: English (eng)

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