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The Role of the L1 in the Acquisition of English Articles by Spanish-Speaking Children
Alexandra Morales
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This study investigates the predictions of the Fluctuation Hypothesis with article choice by Spanish-speaking children learning English. Thirty children living in Puerto Rico, with ages ranging from 8 to 10 years old, were tested. Learners' knowledge of English articles was accessed with a fill-in-the-blank written task. Results support transfer of L1 knowledge at this early age. Spanish-speaking children in this study were able to transfer the semantic knowledge from their L1 (Spanish) to their second language (English), thus resembling L2 adult acquisition.

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Proceedings of the 11th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2011)
edited by Julia Herschensohn and Darren Tanner
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