ERIC Number: EJ781116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Subject Realization in Early Hebrew/English Bilingual Acquisition: The Role of Crosslinguistic Influence
Hacohen, Aviya; Schaeffer, Jeannette
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, v10 n3 p333-344 Nov 2007
This study reports on the use of (c)overt subjects and subject-verb agreement in Hebrew in the spontaneous speech of a child, EK, acquiring Hebrew and English simultaneously from birth and of five slightly younger Hebrew monolingual controls. Analysis shows that EK's production of pragmatically inappropriate overt subjects is more than three times that of the controls, while she resembles the controls in terms of subject-verb agreement, a purely syntactic phenomenon. These results strongly suggest that influence from English is restricted to phenomena that involve the syntax/pragmatics interface, supporting Hulk and Muller's (2000) hypothesis that crosslinguistic influence in early bilingual acquisition is a predictable and systematic phenomenon.
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Speech, Verbs, Syntax, Monolingualism, Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, English, Control Groups, Pragmatics, Transfer of Training, Linguistic Theory, Language Research
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Sponsor: Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel.
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