This paper presents novel evidence teasing apart the role of semantic features in scrambling. 37 bilingual English-Ukrainian children and 41 monolingual Ukrainian children from 2 to 6 were tested in an oral elicitation task which triggered the use of scrambled or basic structures in different semantic contexts. The results show a highly significant effect of specificity-partitivity on scrambling in Ukrainian. The data also suggest that the implementation of features might differ cross-linguistically, since bilingual children use less scrambling in specific-referential contexts than monolingual children.
Proceedings of the 10th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2009)
edited by Melissa Bowles, Tania Ionin, Silvina Montrul, and Annie Tremblay Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-434-8 library binding
v + 294 pages
publication date: 2009
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA