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Language dominance affects early bilingual performance and processing outcomes in adulthood

Puig-Mayenco, E., Cunnings, I., Bayram, F., Miller, D., Tubau, S. and Rothman, J. (2018) Language dominance affects early bilingual performance and processing outcomes in adulthood. Frontiers in Psychology, 9. 1199. ISSN 1664-1078

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To link to this item DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01199

Abstract/Summary

This study examines the role of language dominance (LD) on linguistic competence outcomes in two types of early bilinguals: (i) child L2 learners of Catalan (L1 Spanish-L2 Catalan and, (ii) Child Spanish L2 learners (L1 Catalan-L2 Spanish). Most child L2 studies typically focus on the development of the languages during childhood and either focus on L1 development or L2 development. Typically, these child L2 learners are immersed in the second language. We capitalize on the unique situation in Catalonia, testing the Spanish and Catalan of both sets of bilinguals, where dominance in either Spanish or Catalan is possible. We examine the co-occurrence of Sentential Negation (SN) with a Negative Concord Item (NCI) in pre-verbal position (Catalan only) and Differential Object Marking (DOM) (Spanish only). The results show that remaining dominant in the L1 contributes to the maintenance of target-line behavior in the language.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN)
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Clinical Language Sciences
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Language and Cognition
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)
ID Code:77855
Uncontrolled Keywords:Catalan/Spanish, Differential Object Marking, Negative Concord Items, early bilinguals, language dominance
Publisher:Frontiers Media

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