The acquisition of L3 English negation by bilingual (Spanish/Basque) learners in an institutional setting

2009

Abstract  In this article we study the acquisition of sentential negation in English by bilingual (Basque/Spanish) learners in an institutional setting. The learners were divided intro three groups according to the age at which they had begun to learn English (four, eight and eleven years, respectively). At the time the oral interviews were held, they has all received a similar amount of instruction. The analysis is carried out in terms of the presence/abscence of functional categories, the use of cogntive (non-UG driven) strategies and the transfer of the order of functional projections NegP and TP. We conclude that the placemtne of the negative marker appears to be independent from the realization of tense and agreement features.


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