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Aspect acquisition in Russian as the weaker language: evidence from a Turkish-Russian child

Antonova-Unlu, E; Wei, L; (2016) Aspect acquisition in Russian as the weaker language: evidence from a Turkish-Russian child. International Journal of Bilingualism , 20 (2) pp. 210-228. 10.1177/1367006914552138. Green open access

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Aims and objectives/purpose/research questions: This study aims to contribute to the discussion about the weaker language development by examining the effect of restricted input and use on the acquisition of the morphological category of aspect in Russian by a Turkish–Russian bilingual child in a Turkish-dominant environment. The main goal the study pursues is to investigate whether the reduced input and restricted use of Russian, mainly through communication with a Russian-speaking mother, is still sufficient for monolingual-like acquisition of Russian aspect. Design/methodology/approach: This study is a longitudinal case study. Data and analysis: The main source of data collection is video and audio recordings. Twenty-five recordings are available. They cover the period of between two years and 11 months (2;11) and 4;0. First, the data is examined in terms of the availability of perfective and imperfective forms and meanings they (these forms) express in the Russian language. Then, we look into whether the data of the bilingual child is marked with deviations from the monolingual Russian data in terms of error rates and patterns. Findings/conclusions: The findings of the study suggest that despite the reduced input, the acquisition of Russian aspect in the Turkish-dominant environment follows the same pattern as a monolingual acquisition does. Originality, and significance/implications: The study contributes to the discussion about the weaker language development in bilingual contexts and adds to the growing body of research looking at the development of a particular language in a variety of different contexts.

Type: Article
Title: Aspect acquisition in Russian as the weaker language: evidence from a Turkish-Russian child
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1367006914552138
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367006914552138
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2014. The published version of this article (Antonova-Unlu, E; Wei, L; (2016) Aspect acquisition in Russian as the weaker language: evidence from a Turkish-Russian child. International Journal of Bilingualism, 20 (2) pp. 210-228; 10.1177/1367006914552138) can be found on the Sage Journals website at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367006914552138
Keywords: Bilingual first language acquisition, weaker language, aspect, Russian-Turkish, reduced input
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/1489695
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