Interface Heritage Speech across Proficiencies: Unaccusativity, Focus, and Subject Position in Spanish
Ana de Prada Pérez and Diego Pascual y Cabo
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Recent linguistic theorizing in the fields of bilingualism and language contact have proposed areas of varying permeability of interlanguage influence, namely syntax interfaces with other modules (cf. the works of Sorace and colleagues). The present study examines contact effects in subject position in the Spanish of heritage speakers across predicate types and information structures, an interface phenomenon that has been mostly studied in second language speakers. The complexity of the results, which compare subject position preferences across four conditions (unergative predicates in broad and narrow focus and unaccusative predicates in broad and narrow focus) among participants of different proficiencies, calls for a refining of current theoretical proposals.
Selected Proceedings of the 14th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Kimberly Geeslin and Manuel Díaz-Campos
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