## The acquisition of verbal paradigms in Dutch and Greek L2 children : Cross-linguistic differences and inflectional defaults

2016
##### Authors
Blom, Elma
Chondrogianni, Vasiliki
Journal article
Published
##### Published in
International Journal of Bilingualism ; 20 (2016), 4. - pp. 386-402. - ISSN 1367-0069. - eISSN 1756-6878
##### Abstract
Previous research with children learning a second language (L2) has reported errors with verb inflection and cross-linguistic variation in accuracy and error patterns. However, owing to the cross-linguistic complexity and diversity of different verbal paradigms, the cross-linguistic effects on the nature of default forms has not been directly addressed in L2 acquisition studies. In the present study, we compared accuracy and error patterns in verbal agreement inflections in L2 children acquiring Dutch and Greek, keeping the children’s L1 constant (Turkish). Results showed that inflectional defaults in Greek follow universal predictions regarding the morphological underspecification of paradigms. However, the same universal predictions do not apply to the same extent to Dutch. It is argued that phonological properties of inflected forms should be taken into account to explain cross-linguistic differences in the acquisition of inflection. By systematically comparing patterns in child L2 Dutch and Greek, this study shows how universal mechanisms and target language properties work in tandem in the acquisition of inflectional paradigms.
##### Subject (DDC)
400 Philology, Linguistics
##### Keywords
Child second language, Dutch, Greek, inflection, default, underspecification
##### Cite This
ISO 690BLOM, Elma, Vasiliki CHONDROGIANNI, Theodoros MARINIS, Nada VASIĆ, 2016. The acquisition of verbal paradigms in Dutch and Greek L2 children : Cross-linguistic differences and inflectional defaults. In: International Journal of Bilingualism. 20(4), pp. 386-402. ISSN 1367-0069. eISSN 1756-6878. Available under: doi: 10.1177/1367006915609237
BibTex
@article{Blom2016-08acqui-42449,
year={2016},
doi={10.1177/1367006915609237},
title={The acquisition of verbal paradigms in Dutch and Greek L2 children : Cross-linguistic differences and inflectional defaults},
number={4},
volume={20},
issn={1367-0069},
journal={International Journal of Bilingualism},
pages={386--402},
author={Blom, Elma and Chondrogianni, Vasiliki and Marinis, Theodoros and Vasić, Nada}
}

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