This paper explores, through an analysis of the acquisition of the V2-phenomenon in German as a second language (L2), differences between child second language acquisition (cL2) and first language acquisition (L1) on the one hand and cL2 and adult second language acquisition (aL2) on the other. The analysis of the longitudinal data has revealed that children beginning the acquisition of L2-German at the age of 4 produce some sentences with non-finite verb-forms in the second position and finite verb forms in the third position after they have acquired subject-verb agreement. This suggests a language development different from that of L1.
Selected Proceedings of the 2008 Second Language Research Forum: Exploring SLA Perspectives, Positions, and Practices
edited by Matthew T. Prior, Yukiko Watanabe, and Sang-Ki Lee Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-439-3 library binding
vi + 275 pages
publication date: 2010
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA