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Academic Paper

Title: Adjective placement in simultaneous bilinguals (German–Italian) and the concept of cross-linguistic overcorrection
Author: Tanja Kupisch
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Subject Language: German
Abstract: Cross-linguistic influence (CLI) has been claimed to occur under the conditions of structural overlap, interfacing, syntactic complexity and language dominance. This study tested adjective placement in the Italian of 19 adult German–Italian simultaneous bilinguals, comparing naturalistic and experimental data. The results show no CLI from German, although the conditions for CLI are given. Instead, bilingual adults tend to overuse a structure that is unique to Italian, unlike bilingual children in previous studies. However, they do so only in the experimental data. In order to account for this, I introduce the concept of Cross-Linguistic Influence in contrast to Cross-Linguistic Influence.


This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 17, Issue 1.

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