Crosslinguistic Influence in Scope Ambiguity: Evidence for Acceleration

L. Meroni, Liz Smeets, Sharon Unsworth

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Cross-linguistic influence of interface-conditioned properties in bilingual language acquisition has been reported in a large number of studies and various linguistic domains. While many of these studies have found that cross-linguistic influence can occur in the form of delay, few have shown evidence for acceleration (a.o., Kupisch, 2007; Meisel, 2007; Schwartz, Nir, Leikin, Levie, & Ravid, 2014). In this paper we investigate the interpretation of indefinites in sentences containing negation by simultaneous bilingual (2L1) English-Dutch and Italian-Dutch children. Our results provide evidence for cross-linguistic influence from Italian to Dutch in the form of acceleration, only. We conclude that in cases of partial overlap between a bilingual child’s two languages, the direction of cross-linguistic influence can also depend on language-internal properties.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Crosslinguistic Influencein Bilingualism
EditorsElma Blom, Leonie Cornips, Jeannette Schaeffer
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins
ISBN (Print)9789027265616
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameStudies in Bilingualism


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