ERIC Number: EJ781108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Concord, Convergence and Accommodation in Bilingual Children
Radford, Andrew; Kupisch, Tanja; Koppe, Regina; Azzaro, Gabriele
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, v10 n3 p239-256 Nov 2007
This paper examines the syntax of "GENDER CONCORD" in mixed utterances where bilingual children switch between a modifier in one language and a noun in another. Particular attention is paid to how children deal with potential gender mismatches between modifier and noun, i.e., if one of the languages has grammatical gender but the other does not, or if one of the languages has a ternary gender system and the other a binary one. We show that the English-Italian and French-German bilingual children in our study accommodate the gender properties of the noun to those of its modifiers in such cases, in order to ensure convergence.
Descriptors: Nouns, Syntax, Bilingualism, Form Classes (Languages), Grammar, Italian, English, French, German, Code Switching (Language)
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