01/11/2016 Linguistics Psychology
DOI: 10.1017/S1366728915000401 SemanticScholar ID: 54008677 MAG: 2139751367

Dislocations in French-English bilingual children: An elicitation study

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This paper presents the results of two sentence production studies addressing the role of syntactic priming and of language exposure on the phenomenon of cross-linguistic influence (CLI) in bilingual 5-year-olds. We investigated whether French-English bilingual children could be primed to use a topic (i.e. left-dislocation) and whether their performance differed substantially to that of French and English monolinguals. We also examined whether input quantity plays a role on the degree of accessibility of this syntactic construction in the bilinguals’ mind. While the results indicate a significant effect of elicitation condition only in French, they display a positive correlation between input quantity and the likelihood to produce a left-dislocation in both French and English. These findings make a strong case for the role of language exposure as a predictor of CLI. The data also support the recent proposal that CLI is the result of the daily processing of two languages.

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Prof. Ludovica Serratrice

Reading University - Professor of multilingualism

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