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ERIC Number: EJ935993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-1366-7289
Clitic Placement in Spanish-English Bilingual Children
Perez-Leroux, Ana Teresa; Cuza, Alejandro; Thomas, Danielle
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, v14 n2 p221-232 Apr 2011
Can transfer occur in child bilingual syntax when surface overlap does not involve the syntax-pragmatics interface? Twenty-three Spanish/English bilingual children participated in an elicited imitation study of clitic placement in Spanish restructuring contexts, where variable word order is not associated with pragmatic or semantic factors. Bilingual children performed poorly with preverbal clitics, the order that does not overlap with English. Distinct bilingual patterns emerged: backward repositioning, omissions (for simultaneous bilinguals) and a reduction in forward repositioning bias. We conclude that transfer should be defined in lexical terms as the result of priming effects leading to shifts in lexical items.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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