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Subject-verb agreement in specific language impairment

  • This study investigates phenomena that have been claimed to be indicative of Specific Language Impairment (SLI) in German, focusing on subject-verb agreement marking. Longitudinal data from fourteen German-speaking children with SLI, seven monolingual and seven Turkish-German successive bilingual children, were examined. We found similar patterns of impairment in the two participant groups. Both the monolingual and the bilingual children with SLI had correct (present vs. preterit) tense marking and produced syntactically complex sentences such as embedded clauses and wh-questions, but were limited in reliably producing correct agreement-marked verb forms. These contrasts indicate that agreement marking is impaired in German-speaking children with SLI, without any necessary concurrent deficits in either the CP-domain or in tense marking. Our results also show that it is possible to identify SLI from an early successive bilingual child's performance in one of her two languages.

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Author:Monika Rothweiler, Solveig Chilla, Harald ClahsenORCiDGND
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/S136672891100037X
ISSN:1366-7289 (print)
Parent Title (English):Bilingualism : language and cognition.
Subtitle (English):a study of monolingual and bilingual German-speaking children
Publisher:Cambridge Univ. Press
Place of publication:New York
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of first Publication:2012
Year of Completion:2012
Release Date:2017/03/26
Tag:Turkish-German SLI; agreement deficit; tense deficit; verb morphology
Volume:15
Issue:1
Pagenumber:19
First Page:39
Last Page:57
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Linguistik / Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Peer Review:Referiert
Notes extern:Zweitveröffentlichung in der Schriftenreihe Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Humanwissenschaftliche Reihe ; 510