Cross-linguistic influence in bilingual morphosyntactic acquisition

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Abstract / Description of output

The interaction between the bilingual child’s two languages, coined as Cross-linguistic influence (CLI), is a well-reported phenomenon in bilingual language development. Although CLI has long dominated bilingualism research, issues about its nature (a representational change or by-product of language co-activation), timing and duration remain less well understood. Is CLI only observed during early bilingual development, and does it fade away as children grow older? Does it lead to qualitative and quantitative differences in language development between bilinguals and monolinguals? The present chapter addresses these questions by reviewing state-of-the-art studies reporting CLI in simultaneous and sequential bilingual children’s acquisition of morphology and syntax. We also discuss how extra-linguistic factors such as age of acquisition, dominance, input quality and quantity modulate CLI.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCross-language Influences in Bilingual Processing and Second Language Acquisition
EditorsIrina Elgort, Anna Siyanova-Chanturia, Marc Brysbaert
PublisherJohn Benjamins Pub Co
ISBN (Electronic)9789027254702
ISBN (Print)9789027212917
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2023

Publication series

NameBilingual Processing and Second Language Acquisition
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
ISSN (Electronic)2352-0531

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • crosslinguistic influence
  • child bilingualism
  • syntax
  • interface phenomena
  • input


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