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Title: Concord, convergence and accommodation in bilingual children
Author: Andrew Radford
Institution: University of Essex
Author: Tanja Kupisch
Institution: Universität Hamburg
Author: Regina Köppe
Institution: Universität Hamburg
Author: Gabriele Azzaro
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Institution: Università degli Studi di Bologna
Linguistic Field: Morphology; Psycholinguistics
Subject Language: English
French
German
Italian
Abstract: This paper 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. We show that the English–Italian and French–German bilingual children in our study accommodate the gender properties of the noun to those of its modifiers in such cases, in order to ensure convergence.

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This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 10, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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