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Article: Syntactic transfer in a Cantonese-English bilingual child

TitleSyntactic transfer in a Cantonese-English bilingual child
Authors
KeywordsLinguistics
Issue Date2000
PublisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=BIL
Citation
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 2000, v. 3 n. 3, p. 193-208 How to Cite?
AbstractResearch on early bilingual development has suggested that syntactic transfer in bilingual acquisition is dependent on patterns of dominance and properties of the dual input the child is exposed to. In a case study of a Hong Kong bilingual child we present evidence of transfer from Cantonese to English in three areas where the two languages contrast typologically: wh-in-situ interrogatives, null objects and prenominal relatives are observed at a period when Cantonese is dominant as measured by MLUw. Comparisons with monolingual development show both qualitative and quantitative differences attributable to transfer. Language dominance is seen as the major determinant of transfer, with input ambiguity playing a role in the domain of null objects. While two distinct and separate linguistic systems are simultaneously developing in the bilingual mind, the pervasiveness of transfer implies a high degree of interaction between them. The findings show that the bilingual subject in our case study has taken a different path from monolinguals toward the target.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/42122
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.33
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.359

 

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dc.contributor.authorYip, Ven_HK
dc.contributor.authorMatthews, SJen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2007-01-08T02:29:34Z-
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dc.date.issued2000en_HK
dc.identifier.citationBilingualism: Language and Cognition, 2000, v. 3 n. 3, p. 193-208en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1366-7289en_HK
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dc.description.abstractResearch on early bilingual development has suggested that syntactic transfer in bilingual acquisition is dependent on patterns of dominance and properties of the dual input the child is exposed to. In a case study of a Hong Kong bilingual child we present evidence of transfer from Cantonese to English in three areas where the two languages contrast typologically: wh-in-situ interrogatives, null objects and prenominal relatives are observed at a period when Cantonese is dominant as measured by MLUw. Comparisons with monolingual development show both qualitative and quantitative differences attributable to transfer. Language dominance is seen as the major determinant of transfer, with input ambiguity playing a role in the domain of null objects. While two distinct and separate linguistic systems are simultaneously developing in the bilingual mind, the pervasiveness of transfer implies a high degree of interaction between them. The findings show that the bilingual subject in our case study has taken a different path from monolinguals toward the target.en_HK
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dc.publisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=BILen_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsBilingualism: Language and Cognition. Copyright © Cambridge University Press.en_HK
dc.subjectLinguisticsen_HK
dc.titleSyntactic transfer in a Cantonese-English bilingual childen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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