ERIC Number: ED181743
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Systems of Verb Classification and Cohesion of Verb-Complement Relations as Structural Conditions on Interference in a Child's L2 Development. Working Papers on Bilingualism, No. 18.
Developmental data from the acquisition of English by a German child, aged 5, are analyzed with a view to identifying structural conditions that give rise to interference, and to determine which L2 structures are affected and which structures govern developmental changes. Word order in German and English sentences ahve reflexes in different degrees of cohesion between subject-verb and verb-complement relations in the two languages. The differences in cohesion interact with the systems of verb classification and constrain the kinds of revisions the subject can make in interrogation and negation. It is suggested that both the subject's development and changes in Early Modern English bear out Lehmann's hypothesis on the tendency of consistent verb-object and object-verb languages to place verbal modifiers in such a way as not to disrupt the unity of verb and object The subject's development and the significance of the parallels to the evolution of English are discussed in the light of current child L2 acquisition theory which overestimates the role of creativity vis-a-vis the structural constraints exercised by linguistic systems. (Author/AMH)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Child Language, Diachronic Linguistics, English (Second Language), Error Analysis (Language), German, Grammar, Interference (Language), Language Patterns, Second Language Learning, Sentence Structure, Sentences, Structural Analysis, Verbs
Bilingual Education Project, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M58 1V6
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of the Secretary of State, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. Bilingual Education Project.