Development of Object Clitics in Child L2 French A comparison of developmental sequences in different modes of acquisition

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It has been argued that the study of child L2 development can inform different maturational accounts of language acquisition. One such specific proposal was put forward by Meisel (2008) arguing for a cut-off point for (2)L1 type of development at 3-4 years. The paper analyses the longitudinal development of object clitics in child L2 French (L1 Swedish) and compares the developmental sequence in child L2 learners (n=7) with different Ages of Onset of Acquisition (from 3;0 to 6;5) to the adult L2 sequence that was found in previous studies (Granfeldt & Schlyter, 2004). The study also includes age-matched simultaneous bilingual children (n=3) and monolingual controls (n= 5). The results show that some of the child L2 learners with an AoA above 4 years display structures that are typical for adult L2 acquisition, whereas these structures where not found in the


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  • Languages and Literature


  • categorial uniformity, French, object clitics, bilingual acquisition, child L2 acquisition
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-162
JournalLanguage, Interaction and Acquisition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch

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Jonas Granfeldt, 2014, The Acquisition of French as a Second Language: New developmental perspectives. Lindqvist, C. & Bardel, C. (eds.). John Benjamins Publishing Company, p. 143-165

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Anita Thomas, Jonas Granfelt, Malin Ågren & Suzanne Schlyter

Swedish Research Council


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