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Legendre, Geraldine; Gorashi, Yara; Krasnik, Sarah; Koulaguina, Elena – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
We reexamine the distribution of nonfinite root forms (NRFs) in Child French on the basis of two novel spontaneous speech corpora focusing on two issues that have increasingly dominated recent analyses of French on the one hand and NRFs/RIs on the other. First, we argue that the level of NRF production peaking at ~24% is in line with the…
Descriptors: French, Child Language, Language Acquisition, Speech
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Diaubalick, Tim; Guijarro-Fuentes, Pedro – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2019
One of the most intriguing questions in the investigation of second-language acquisition concerns the role of learners' first language (L1). Comparing learners of different backgrounds (L1 German vs. L1 Romance languages), we aim to explore the acquisition of tense and aspect features in Spanish as a second language (L2). Findings show that the L1…
Descriptors: Spanish, Second Language Learning, Morphemes, German
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dos Santos, Christophe; Ferré, Sandrine – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
Children with specific language impairment (SLI) are particularly sensitive to phonological complexity in their language. Their performance drops when there are specific phonological structures or when complexity increases. A nonword repetition (NWR) test, which aims to assess the phonology of bilingual speakers with and without SLI, should…
Descriptors: Task Analysis, Bilingualism, French, Phonology
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Fleckstein, Alice; Prévost, Philippe; Tuller, Laurice; Sizaret, Eva; Zebib, Rasha – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
Identifying specific language impairment (SLI) in bilingual children represents a clinical challenge because of similarities in language behavior between child second language learners and monolinguals with SLI and because of the lack of standardized language tests on bilingual children. This study investigated the relevance of a LITMUS (Language…
Descriptors: Identification, Language Impairments, French, Bilingualism
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Özçelik, Öner – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2018
This article explores the role of transfer and Universal Grammar (UG) in second language (L2) phonology by investigating the L2 acquisition of stress/prominence in footless languages, such as Turkish and French, which have fixed word- and phrase-final prominence respectively. It is proposed that once the prosodic constituent Foot is projected in a…
Descriptors: Language Universals, Grammar, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Valois, Daniel; Royle, Phaedra – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2009
This article examines noun-drop constructions in French-speaking children. French being intermediate between English (which rarely allows noun-drop) and Spanish (which freely allows it) with respect to the richness of their respective morphological systems, it provides a fertile testing ground for various agreement-based analyses of noun-drop. We…
Descriptors: Nouns, Child Language, French, Longitudinal Studies
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Pouscoulous, Nausicaa; Noveck, Ira A.; Politzer, Guy; Bastide, Anne – Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 2007
Much developmental work has been devoted to "scalar implicatures." These are implicitly communicated propositions linked to relatively weak terms (consider how "Some" pragmatically implies "Not all") that are more likely to be carried out by adults than by children. Children tend to retain the linguistically encoded…
Descriptors: Language Processing, French, Language Research, Language Acquisition