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Saturday 9 September, 2017


What Bilingual and Monolingual Acquisition Data can Tell Us about English Direct Objects and Verb Types

Speaker: Qianting Yuan, Universidad de Valladolid

Authors: Qianting Yuan, Raquel Fernández Fuertes

Regarding children’s early direct object (DO) production, verb type has been found to play an important role in monolingual English acquisition (Ingham 1993) while this has not been the case in bilingual English acquisition (Yuan 2006). In the spirit of these previous works, we focus here on bilingual and monolingual children’s English DO production following a double analysis: a syntactic one in terms of verb type (pure versus mixed transitive verbs) and a lexical one by means of an item analysis. The results show that, though non-adult-like null DOs can be found in both monolingual and bilingual English, some verbs are more vulnerable than others in bilingual children’s production and moreover, that the pure/mixed transitive verb distinction does not seem to play a significant role in bilingual children’s DO production. Therefore, what seems to be guiding object omission in bilingual grammar is not syntax but rather semantics.

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