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Crosslinguistic influence in English-Greek bilingual acquisition

Argyri, E; (2007) Crosslinguistic influence in English-Greek bilingual acquisition. In: 17th International Symposium: Selected Papers of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. (pp. pp. 325-337). Aristotle University of Thessaloniki: Thessaloniki, Greece. Green open access

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Abstract

This study tests the proposal that structures which involve the syntax-pragmatics interface and instantiate a surface overlap between the two languages are vulnerable to crosslinguistic influence in bilingual acquisition (e.g. Müller & Hulk 2001). We investigate whether crosslinguistic influence occurs only in one direction – from English to Greek, in this case – in older bilingual children. The study considers experimental data from 32 English-Greek bilingual children, 16 Greek-dominant living in Greece and 16 English-dominant living in the UK and monolingual control groups regarding particular syntax-pragmatics interface and narrow syntax structures. Results reveal that certain structures are selectively vulnerable to crosslinguistic influence but only in the English-dominant bilinguals’ grammar, which offers only partial support to the hypothesis.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Crosslinguistic influence in English-Greek bilingual acquisition
Event: 17th International Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Location: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://ejournals.lib.auth.gr/thal/article/view/55...
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, unless otherwise stated.
Keywords: English-Greek bilingual acquisition, crosslinguistic influence, language dominance
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/10180154
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