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Academic Paper

Title: Case marking and word order in Greek heritage children
Author: Vasiliki Chondrogianni
Author: Richard Schwartz
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Morphology
Subject Language: English
Greek, Modern
Abstract: This study examined the linguistic and individual-level factors that render case marking a vulnerable domain in English-dominant Greek heritage children. We also investigated whether heritage language (HL) children can use case-marking cues to interpret (non-)canonical sentences in Greek similarly to their monolingual peers. A group of six- to twelve-year-old Greek heritage children in New York City and a control group of age-matched monolingual children living in Greece participated in a production and a picture verification task targeting case marking and (non-)canonical word order in Greek. HL children produced syncretic inflectional errors, also found in preschool monolingual children. In the comprehension task, HL children showed variable performance on the non-canonical OVS but ceiling performance on the SVO conditions, which suggests influence from English. Linguistic factors such as case transparency affected comprehension, whereas child-level factors such as proficiency and degree of (early) use of Greek influenced performance on both modalities.


This article appears IN Journal of Child Language Vol. 47, Issue 4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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