Cross-linguistic aspects in child L2 acquisition

Vasiliki Chondrogianni*, Nada Vasić

*Corresponding author for this work

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Crosslinguistic effects in successive childhood bilingualism have received increased attention in the last few years. The goal of this special issue is to bring together studies that investigate crosslinguistic influence in child second language (L2) learners by examining how first language (L1) and L2 properties develop and interact in the context of child L2 acquisition. Specifically, the articles in this special issue address the following questions: (a) what is the role of crosslinguistic influence at the syntax-discourse interface, (b) how do target language properties influence L2 developmental paths, (c) does the L2 influence the L1 when acquiring a syntax-semantics interface phenomenon, and (d) what does crosslinguistic influence look like in the context of atypical bilingual acquisition. These questions are answered in the context of diverse child L2 populations growing up in different acquisition settings and with varied degrees of exposure to the two languages.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-368
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Bilingualism
Issue number4
Early online date15 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • cross-linguistic influence
  • language impairment
  • Successive childhood bilingualism
  • transfer effects


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