Code-Switching in Bilingual Children by Katja F. Cantone

By Katja F. Cantone

The objective of this quantity is to end up that combined utterances in younger bilinguals might be analyzed within the related method as grownup code-switching. examining a wealthy corpus of spontaneous baby info, the writer offers particular empirical proof for up to date minimalist assumptions at the structure of brain and confirms that code-switching is just restricted via the 2 grammars of the languages concerned. the information express that the volume of combining in young children is dependent upon anyone selection instead of on language improvement, language dominance, or different components.

Besides seriously reviewing the literature on language blending in kids and adults, this paintings bargains a radical grammatical research of the code-switching information of 5 Italian/German youngsters. The ebook presents new insights not just within the box of code-switching and of language blending in younger bilinguals, but additionally in concerns referring to normal questions about linguistic thought that are tough to be spoke back with monolingual data.

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C A N TO N E structural properties of the single language. , Object Verb/Verb Object (OV/VO) word order in respectively German and French). This assumption meets with some criticism. Besides agreeing that no grammatical constraints should be used in order to check whether mixing in young children is rule-governed, this view is strongly connected to the theoretical assumptions the research in based on. Köppe supposes a grammar which has to develop. By implication, child language has to develop, since a newborn baby does not speak.

2. Deuchar & Quay (2000:19) state that Manuela’s monolingual English mother sometimes takes part in the Spanish recordings, speaking Spanish. Can one still speak of inappropriate language choice if the child addressed her in Spanish? 3. These children belong to the DUFDE project, which, headed by Jürgen M. Meisel, collected data from French/German bilingual children longitudinally in Hamburg, Germany. 4. Regardless of the term one prefers, it is important to check whether bilingual children are capable of using the appropriate language in the correct language context.

4. Regardless of the term one prefers, it is important to check whether bilingual children are capable of using the appropriate language in the correct language context. This page intentionally blank CHAPTER 3 THE THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK This chapter is concerned with the theoretical framework underlying the present investigation. It also provides an overview of current studies on language acquisition. The two languages being studied here, Italian and German, are part of the focus of both the presentation of specific grammatical structures and the discussion on language development.

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