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ERIC Number: EJ990889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1048-9223
Acquisition in Variation (and Vice Versa): V-to-T in Faroese Children
Heycock, Caroline; Sorace, Antonella; Hansen, Zakaris Svabo; Wilson, Frances
Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, v20 n1 p5-22 2013
Faroese is at the tail end of a change from an Icelandic-type syntax in which V-to-T is obligatory to a Danish-type system in which this movement is impossible. While the older word order is very rarely produced by adult Faroese speakers, there is evidence that this order is still marginally present in the adult grammar and thus only dispreferred, rather than completely ungrammatical. Here the results are presented of an experimental study of older Faroese children: 5-year-old children both accept and produce the older word order, 6-year-olds do so significantly less, and 10-year-olds behave like adult speakers. We discuss a number of possible interpretations of the children's variability in the context of residual effects of diachronic change in Faroese. (Contains 6 tables, 5 figures, and 18 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark