On the phonology-morphosyntax interface in child and adult learners of French - The development of determiners and consequences for left edge phenomena

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The aim of this project is to investigate the developmental relationship between phonology, prosody and<br />morphosyntax in the acquisition of French by mono- and bilingual children (Swedish-French) and adult<br />second language learners (L1 Swedish). The focus will be on the emergence of the determiner system and a<br />number of properties related to determiners.<br /><br />The aim of this project is to investigate the developmental relationship between phonology, prosody and<br />morphosyntax in the acquisition of French by mono- and bilingual children (Swedish-French) and adult<br />second language learners (L1 Swedish). The focus will be on the emergence of the determiner system and a<br />number of properties related to determiners, some of which display contrastive differences between the two<br />major languages involved here, French and Swedish.<br />A vast body of previous research has shown that whereas young children go through a stage where<br />determiners are either altogether omitted or produced with great variability in obligatory contexts, there’s<br />much less evidence for such a stage in adult learners, in particular if the L1 (or the L2) of the learners has<br />overt determiners. For French child language it has been argued that early production of (proto) determiners<br />is first produced within the initial phonological unit that the child posits (Wauquier & Yamaguchi, 2011). As<br />a consequence, determiners are from the beginning not segmented from the noun, i.e. the determiner is part<br />of the phonological representation of the noun, and later stay very closely attached (cliticized ) to the<br />following noun or adjective. Very differently, adult learners of French start out with segmented determiners<br />and it has been observed that these early determiners do not seem to display properties compatible with a<br />clitic status at all (Granfeldt, 2003).
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date2015/01/012016/12/31

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