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Acquisition of Object Scrambling by Bilingual Ukrainian Children: The Role of Specificity
Roksolana Mykhaylyk and Heejeong Ko
140-154 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


The paper investigates the role of specificity and definiteness in the acquisition of scrambling by L1-English L2-Ukrainian children. An elicited production study shows that children are aware of correlation between specificity and scrambling in Ukrainian, but they scramble at a lower rate than adults, which suggests that children sometimes fail to map the semantic feature of specificity and the syntactic feature responsible for scrambling. Crucially, however, there is no significant overuse of object scrambling in non-specific contexts both in the child and adult data, contrary to what is predicted under the pragmatic approach. This result provides further support for a syntax-semantic approach to optionality in object scrambling.

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Proceedings of the 9th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2007)
edited by Roumyana Slabakova, Jason Rothman, Paula Kempchinsky, and Elena Gavruseva
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