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Academic Paper

Title: Acquisition outcomes across domains in adult simultaneous bilinguals with French as weaker and stronger language
Author: Tanja Kupisch
Author: Tatjana Lein
Institution: Universität Bremen
Author: Dagmar Barton
Institution: Universität Hamburg
Author: Dawn Judith Schröder
Institution: Universität Hamburg
Author: Ilse Stangen
Institution: Universität Hamburg
Author: Antje Stoehr
Institution: Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Linguistic Field: Morphology; Phonology; Sociolinguistics; Syntax
Subject Language: French
Abstract: This study investigates the adult grammars of French simultaneous bilingual speakers (2L1s) whose other language is German. Apart from providing an example of French as heritage language in Europe, the goals of this paper are (i) to compare the acquisition of French in a minority and majority language context, (ii) to identify the relative vulnerability of individual domains, and (iii) to investigate whether 2L1s are vulnerable to language attrition when moving to their heritage country during adulthood. We include two groups of German-French 2L1s: One group grew up predominantly in France, but moved to Germany during adulthood; the other group grew up predominantly in Germany and stayed there. Performance is compared in different domains, including adjective placement, gender marking, articles, prepositions, foreign accent and voice onset time. Results indicate that differences between the two groups are minimal in morpho-syntax, but more prominent in pronunciation.


This article appears IN Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 24, Issue 3.

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