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Academic Paper

Title: Childhood bilingualism and Specific Language Impairment: A study of the CP-domain in German SLI
Author: Tobias Ruberg
Author: Monika Rothweiler
Author: João Veríssimo
Author: Harald Clahsen
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Linguistic Theories
Subject Language: German
Abstract: This study addresses the question of whether and how growing up with more than one language shapes a child's language impairment. Our focus is on Specific Language Impairment (SLI) in bilingual (Turkish–German) children. We specifically investigated a range of phenomena related to the so-called CP (Complementizer Phrase) in German, the hierarchically highest layer of syntactic clause structure, which has been argued to be particularly affected in children with SLI. Spontaneous speech data were examined from bilingual children with SLI in comparison to two comparison groups: (i) typically-developing bilingual children, (ii) monolingual children with SLI. We found that despite persistent difficulty with subject-verb agreement, the two groups of children with SLI did not show any impairment of the CP-domain. We conclude that while subject-verb agreement is a suitable linguistic marker of SLI in German-speaking children, for both monolingual and bilingual ones, ‘vulnerability of the CP-domain’ is not.


This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 23, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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