Subject Realization in Early Hebrew/English Bilingual Acquisition: The Role of Crosslinguistic Influence

Aviya Hacohen, Jeannette Schaeffer

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Abstract

This study reports on the use of (c)overt subjects and subject-verb agreement in Hebrew in the spontaneous speech of a child, EK, acquiring Hebrew and English simultaneously from birth and of five slightly younger Hebrew monolingual controls. Analysis shows that EK's production of pragmatically inappropriate overt subjects is more than three times that of the controls, while she resembles the controls in terms of subject-verb agreement, a purely syntactic phenomenon. These results strongly suggest that influence from English is restricted to phenomena that involve the syntax/pragmatics interface, supporting Hulk and Müller's (2000) hypothesis that crosslinguistic influence in early bilingual acquisition is a predictable and systematic phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-344
Number of pages12
JournalBilingualism
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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