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ERIC Number: EJ1004690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 12
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Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-1366-7289
The Role of Language Dominance in Cross-Linguistic Syntactic Influence: A Korean Child's Use of Null Subjects in Attriting English
Kang, Sang-Gu
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, v16 n1 p219-230 Jan 2013
While Hulk and Muller (2000) predict that the direction of cross-linguistic syntactic influence is unidirectional when the construction involves syntax-pragmatics interface and surface overlap between two languages, they explicitly rule out language dominance as a factor involved. This study questions their latter claim and argues that the syntax of the dominant language can influence that of the weaker, based on a Korean-English bilingual boy's attriting English data; Korean null subjects triggered English subject drop when his Korean became more dominant. Thus, I propose a revised model of cross-linguistic influence that accounts for both Hulk and Muller's proposal and my data.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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