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ERIC Number: EJ1095767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Early Child L2 Acquisition: Age or Input Effects? Neither, or Both?
Unsworth, Sharon
Journal of Child Language, v43 n3 p608-634 May 2016
This paper explores whether there is evidence for age and/or input effects in child L2 acquisition across three different linguistic domains, namely morphosyntax, vocabulary, and syntax-semantics. More specifically, it compares data from English-speaking children whose age of onset to L2 Dutch was between one and three years with data from children whose age of onset was between four and seven years in their acquisition of verb morphology, verb placement, vocabulary, and direct object scrambling. The main findings were that there were no significant differences between the two groups in any of these areas and, with the exception of scrambling, current amount of exposure was the only factor significantly related to children's scores. The paper discusses the theoretical significance of these findings with respect to the role of input in the language acquisition process and the claim that there is a critical period ending within (early) childhood.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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