Inflectional morphology in bilingual language processing

  • This study addresses the question of how age of acquisition (AoA) affects grammatical processing, specifically with respect to inflectional morphology, in bilinguals. We examined experimental data of more than 100 participants from the Russian/German community in Berlin, all of whom acquired Russian from birth and German at different ages. Using the cross-modal lexical priming technique, we investigated stem allomorphs of German verbs that encode multiple morphosyntactic features. The results revealed a striking AoA modulation of observed priming patterns, indicating efficient access to morphosyntactic features for early AoAs and a gradual decline with increasing AoAs. In addition, we found a discontinuity in the function relating AoA to morphosyntactic feature access, suggesting a sensitive period for the development of morphosyntax.

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Author:Sina BoschGND, João VeríssimoORCiD, Harald ClahsenORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Postprints der Universität Potsdam Humanwissenschaftliche Reihe
Subtitle (English):an age-of-acquisition study
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Humanwissenschaftliche Reihe (569)
Document Type:Postprint
Date of first Publication:2019/10/23
Year of Completion:2019
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2019/10/23
Tag:2nd-language grammar; L1; L2; adjectives; critical-period; lexicon
First Page:339
Last Page:360
Source:Language Acquisition 26 (2019) 3, S. 339–360 DOI: 10.1080/10489223.2019.1570204
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
3 Sozialwissenschaften / 37 Bildung und Erziehung / 370 Bildung und Erziehung
4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Peer Review:Referiert
Publication Way:Open Access
Grantor:Taylor & Francis Open Access Agreement
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht kommerziell, Keine Bearbeitung 4.0 International