Bilingual children as “laboratories” for studying contact outcomes: Development of perfective aspect
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香港中文大學研究人員
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摘要This paper examines the close parallels between the contact phenomena in Cantonese-English bilingual children and Southeast Asian creoles, especially in the domain of perfective aspect marking. 'Already' is a crosslinguistically common lexical source of perfective aspect markers given its conceptual link with the sense of perfectivity. In contact scenarios involving a European lexifier and Southeast Asian substrates, the development of `already' into a perfective marker is further triggered by the incompatibility between the verbal morphology of the former and the isolating typology of the latter. Adopting an ecological approach to language transmission and creole genesis we discuss how the transient grammaticalization phenomena in the bilingual children can be compared to decreolization, and how the study of bilingual acquisition can contribute to contact linguistics. Despite the prevalence of unpredictable factors in contact scenarios, we argue that bilingual children can still serve as powerful "laboratories" for studying contact outcomes at the communal level.
著者Szeto Pui Yiu, Stephen Matthews, Virginia Yip
期刊名稱Linguistics
出版年份2019
月份4
日期30
卷號57
期次3
出版社De Gruyter
頁次693 - 723
國際標準期刊號0024-3949
語言英式英語
關鍵詞Cantonese-English bilingual acquisition, Asian-Portuguese creole, creole genesis, grammaticalization, language contact

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