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The acquisition of the weaker language: Evidence from the acquisition of Russian cases by a Turkish-Russian child

Unlu, EA; Wei, L; (2018) The acquisition of the weaker language: Evidence from the acquisition of Russian cases by a Turkish-Russian child. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism , 8 (5) pp. 637-663. 10.1075/lab.16029.ant. Green open access

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Abstract

This study contributes to the discussion about the status of the weaker language (WL) by investigating whether reduced input in Russian in a Turkish-dominant environment is sufficient for monolingual-like acquisition of the WL. We focus on the acquisition of Russian cases by a Turkish-Russian child who has acquired his Russian in the Turkish-dominant environment mainly through interaction with his multilingual mother. The data were collected via video/audio recordings, covering the period of between two years and eleven months and four years of the participant. First, the data were examined in terms of the availability of Russian cases and their functions. Then, we looked into whether the data were marked with deviations from monolingual norms in terms of error rates and patterns. The findings suggested that despite the reduced input, the acquisition of Russian cases by the Turkish-Russian participant follows the same pattern as monolingual acquisition does.

Type: Article
Title: The acquisition of the weaker language: Evidence from the acquisition of Russian cases by a Turkish-Russian child
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1075/lab.16029.ant
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Bilingual first language acquisition , reduced input , Russian cases , Russian – Turkish and weaker language
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10062177
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