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Academic Paper


Title: First Language Acquisition of Mandarin Determiner Phrase: Comparisons between monolingual Mandarin and simultaneous bilingual Mandarin-English children
Paper URL: http://ijb.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/14/1/11
Author: Meiyun Chang-Smith
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Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Syntax
Subject Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Chinese, Mandarin
Chinese, Mandarin
Abstract: This comparative study explores the first language acquisition of Mandarin nominal expressions by monolingual and simultaneous Mandarin-English bilingual children, with the aim of contributing new data relevant to the autonomous vs. interdependent debate in Bilingual First Language Acquisition. More specifically, it focuses on the developmental sequences of complex definite and indefinite nominal expressions in the forms of [demonstrative + numeral + classifier + noun] and [numeral + classifier + noun] respectively, comparing both qualitatively and quantitatively the developmental pathways and time progression observed in corpora derived from two longitudinal studies. The bilingual corpus analyzed consists of an extensive daily record of utterances from age 10 months to 33 months, while the monolingual corpus is derived from a set of eight video recorded sessions spanning the age range from 20 months to 26 months. The outcomes provide support for the Autonomous Development Hypothesis, to the extent that the developmental pathway of Mandarin nominal expressions as elaborated in the bilingual child’s case is found to be the highly comparable with that of the monolingual counterpart and that up to the end of the observation period no apparent transfers from English nominal syntax to Mandarin were observed.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: 14:1, 11-35.
Publication Info: International Journal of Bilingualism
URL: http://ijb.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/14/1/11
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