Article published in:Multilingual Individuals and Multilingual Societies
Edited by Kurt Braunmüller and Christoph Gabriel
[Hamburg Studies on Multilingualism 13] 2012
► pp. 137–152
Agreement within early mixed DP
What mixed agreement can tell us about the bilingual language faculty
The aim of this paper is to investigate whether code-mixing can help us understand the architecture of the (Bilingual) Language Faculty, by comparing the predictions about mixed DPs made by the Bi-Lexical Model (MacSwan 1999) and the Distributed Morphology (Halle & Marantz 1994). The empirical basis consists of the naturalist data of two bilingual children acquiring Italian/German and Italian/Spanish¸ since birth. The data shows an interesting asymmetry in the frequency of the types of mixed agreement with the determiners of the two languages.
Published online: 22 August 2012
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