Article published in:The Development of Grammar: Language acquisition and diachronic change. In honour of Jürgen M. Meisel
Edited by Esther Rinke and Tanja Kupisch
[Hamburg Studies on Multilingualism 11] 2011
► pp. 151–178
The emergence of CP in child Basque
Evidence for a fine-structured CP?
In the present study, I investigate the acquisition of CP-related structures in Basque by one monolingual child and two Basque-Spanish bilingual children aged 1;05–3;00. The aim of this study is to determine whether there is evidence in the child data supporting a fine-structured CP for Basque, as proposed by Ortiz de Urbina (1999a, 2008). For that purpose, I have looked at time of emergence of CP-related structures, following Grinstead & Elizondo’s (2001) work on this topic. Assuming a richly articulated CP, the data available on the left periphery so far is compatible with the Full Competence Hypothesis (cf. Poeppel & Wexler 1993, among others) and with the Structure Building Hypothesis (Guilfoyle & Noonan 1992). Incremental acquisition for the latter implies that the CP field is built incrementally, possibly one layer at a time. This is, however, not clearly suggested by the data.
Keywords: Basque, first language acquisition, information structure, left periphery, split-CP
Published online: 25 May 2011
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