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ERIC Number: ED182980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 17
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On the Form of Bilingual Grammars: The Phonological Component.
Elerick, Charles
This research is based on the assumption that a Spanish/English bilingual is aware of the phonological and semantic relatedness of the many hundreds of pairs of transparently cognate items in the two languages. This awareness is linguistically significant in that it is reflected in the internalized grammar of the bilingual. The bilingual speaker of Spanish and English presumably handles pairs such as "biology/biologia" by unconsciously positing a single compromise union lexical representation which is related to the language-specific manifestations by two sets of language specific phonological rules. Some examples of pairs of Spanish/English items and their putative union phonological representation are "soup/sopa": /sOpa/ and "nation/nacion": /nAsyon/. There are 17 rules presented for the English derivation and they include both standard English rules and many special rules that would only be posited for a union grammar. The nine Spanish rules are similarly distributed. Exemplary derivations make clear the effects of the interaction of compromise representations and language specific rules. A discussion of the possible significance of union grammars for understanding bilingualism and some additional areas of needed investigation put the model union grammar into a larger perspective. (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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