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ERIC Number: EJ781113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-1366-7289
Grammatical Interference and the Acquisition of Ergative Case in Bilingual Children Learning Basque and Spanish
Austin, Jennifer
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, v10 n3 p315-331 Nov 2007
In this paper I claim that there is evidence of grammatical interference in the development of ergative case in bilingual children acquiring Basque and Spanish. While both monolingual and bilingual children have difficulty acquiring the ergative case in Basque (Barrena, 1995; Ezeizabarrena, 1996), my results indicate that bilingual children omit the ergative case marker to a greater extent than monolingual children. I argue that this difference is the result of interference from Spanish, which takes the form of reinforcing a non-target-like option in Basque (Muller and Hulk, 2001).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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