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Academic Paper

Title: The acquisition of English possessives by a bilingual child: Do input and usage frequency matter?
Author: Elena Babatsouli
Author: Elena Nicoladis
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Subject Language: English
Greek, Modern
Abstract: Previous research in child language shows that many aspects of language acquisition are frequency-linked. This study tests whether input or usage frequency predicts the order of acquisition and accuracy of a bilingual Greek–English child's English possessives. The child was followed longitudinally from age 2;6 to 3;11. Order of acquisition was comparable to that of same-aged monolingual children. The child's usage frequency and order of acquisition were highly correlated with input frequency, while her accuracy was not. We argue that the child's already-acquired Greek possessives facilitated acquisition of English possessives, even though the child's English input and usage frequencies were lower than in monolingual English children.


This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 46, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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