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V2 Phenomenon in Child Second Language Acquisition
Aldona Sopata
211-228 (complete paper or proceedings contents)

Abstract

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.

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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
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