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Saturday 9 September, 2017 10:30 to 11:00

Oral presentation

Different outcomes in the acquisition of do-support in two Norwegian/English bilinguals: Delay and acceleration

Speaker: Kristine Bentzen, The University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway
Speaker: Merete Anderssen, The University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway

Authors: Kristine Bentzen, Merete Anderssen

In this paper we the acquisition of English verb placement in two Norwegian/English bilingual girls, Emma (2;7-2;10) and Sunniva (1;7-2;8). Both children are fairly balanced bilinguals. However, we argue that cross-linguistic influence from Norwegian leads to two different acquisition paths for these two children. In contrast to English, Norwegian is a V2 language. However, English auxiliaries move across negation, and also across subjects in interrogative clauses. Thus, English word order superficially overlaps with Norwegian V2. We argue that this superficial structural similarity between English and Norwegian can have two possible outcomes. For Emma, cross-linguistic influence results in transfer of V2. For Sunniva, V2 in Norwegian enhances the awareness of the need for lexicalizing higher functional projections by a verbal element in negated and interrogative clauses in English, and we argue that this accelerates Sunniva’s acquisition of do-support compared to that of her monolinguals peers, especially with respect to interrogative clauses.

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