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Title: Clitic placement in Spanish–English bilingual children
Author: Ana Teresa Pérez-Leroux
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Homepage: http://individual.utoronto.ca/perezleroux/
Institution: University of Toronto
Author: Alejandro Cuza
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Homepage: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~acuza/
Institution: Purdue University
Author: Danille Thomas
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics
Subject Language: English
Spanish
Abstract: Can transfer occur in child bilingual syntax when surface overlap does not involve the syntax-pragmatics interface? Twenty-three Spanish/English bilingual children participated in an elicited imitation study of clitic placement in Spanish restructuring contexts, where variable word order is not associated with pragmatic or semantic factors. Bilingual children performed poorly with preverbal clitics, the order that does not overlap with English. Distinct bilingual patterns emerged: backward repositioning, omissions (for simultaneous bilinguals) and a reduction in forward repositioning bias. We conclude that transfer should be defined in lexical terms as the result of priming effects leading to shifts in lexical items.

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This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 14, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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