The Morphology/syntax interface in child L2 acquisition: evidence from verbal morphology

Vasfiye Geckin, Belma Haznedar

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    Recent work in both adult and child L2 acquisition has focused on the question of whether morphological variability suggests syntactic impairment, or the lack of overt inflection could be attributable to problems associated with surface morphology (e.g. Lardiere 1998a, b; Haznedar & Schwartz 1997; Prévost & White 2000). This paper examines longitudinal data from three Turkish-speaking child L2 learners of English with special reference to inflected and uninflected verbs, copula be forms, null subjects and case on pronominal subjects. Results show that despite high rates of uninflected verb forms, the children almost never use agreement morphemes for inappropriate tense, person or number. The learners also show higher proficiency in the use of be forms than in the use of main verb inflection.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCurrent trends in child second language acquisition
    Subtitle of host publicationa general perspective
    EditorsBelma Haznedar, Elena Gavruseva
    Place of PublicationUSA
    PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
    Number of pages31
    ISBN (Print)9789027253071
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Publication series

    NameLanguage Acquisition and Language Disorders
    PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing


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