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Saturday 9 September, 2017


Verb acquisition in monolingual and multilingual children and adults

Speaker: Alexandra Marquis, United Arab Emirates University

Authors: Alexandra Marquis & Phaedra Royle

We investigated whether 162 children and 36 adults that were either monolingual (L1) or multilingual (MUL) speakers of French are sensitive to sub-regular verb conjugation patterns (e.g., Albright, 2002; Clahsen, 1999; Kresh, 2007, 2008; Labelle & Morris, 2011a, b; Yang, 2002). We hypothesized that L1 and MUL participants would process verb inflection patterns differently based on their default status (regular -er verbs), and reliability (e.g., sub-regular -ir verbs) due to less exposure to the language, with children showing lower proficiency than adults. Using an Android application, twenty-four French verbs in the passé composé (perfect past) ending in /e/, /i/, /y/ or other idiosyncratic were elicited. Contrary to our expectations, both language groups show strengths on default patterns and sensitivity to sub-regular verbs. These data show that even though they have lesser exposure to French, MUL children and adults rapidly master (i.e., within 5 years) French verb conjugation patterns to the same level as L1 children and adults in immersive (i.e., school or work) contexts.

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