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Evolutionary Syntax

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The Making of Vernacular Singapore English

By Zhiming Bao

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Title: The role of language dominance in cross-linguistic syntactic influence: A Korean child's use of null subjects in attriting English
Author: Sang-Gu Kang
Institution: Korea University
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Abstract: While Hulk and Müller (2000) predict that the direction of cross-linguistic syntactic influence is unidirectional when the construction involves syntax–pragmatics interface and surface overlap between two languages, they explicitly rule out language dominance as a factor involved. This study questions their latter claim and argues that the syntax of the dominant language can influence that of the weaker, based on a Korean–English bilingual boy's attriting English data; Korean null subjects triggered English subject drop when his Korean became more dominant. Thus, I propose a revised model of cross-linguistic influence that accounts for both Hulk and Müller's proposal and my data.

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This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 16, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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