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Concord, convergence and accommodation in bilingual children

The talk examines the syntax of Gender Concord in mixed utterances and how bilingual children deal with potential gender mismatches.


This talk examines the syntax of Gender Concord in mixed utterances where
bilingual children switch between a modifier in one language and a noun in
another. Particular attention is paid to how children deal with potential
gender mismatches between modifier and noun, i.e., if one of the languages has
grammatical gender but the other does not, or if one of the languages has a
ternary gender system and the other a binary one. Data from English-Italian and
French-German bilingual children will be discussed which show that they
accommodate the gender properties of the noun to those of its modifiers in such
cases, in order to ensure convergence.


Speaker(s):

Prof. Andrew Radford | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

19 October 2006 at 5:00 am

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

Room GR 06-07, English Faculty Building
9 West Road
Cambridge
CB3 9DP


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Organised by:

Cambridge University Linguistic Society, University of Cambridge
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