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Development of the French determiner phrase in monolingual and bilingual first language acquisition


Abstract This study explores the acquisition of the determiner phrase (DP) in monolingual (L1) and bilingual (2L1) French. I investigate the acquisition of DP structures and features in the speech of two monolingual French and two bilingual French-English subjects from the CHILDES (Child Language Data Exchange System) corpus. I perform a thorough, longitudinal examination of the children's data, from the ages of 1;10 to 4;00, focusing on the description and analysis of their development of DP elements, words, and structures such as the definite and indefinite articles, demonstratives, and numerals, as well as the DP features of gender, number, and definiteness. I also consider the Adjective Phrase (AP) and its interaction with the DP.

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Created Date 2015
Contributor Danton, Naomi (Author) / van Gelderen, Elly (Advisor) / Adams, Karen (Committee member) / Renaud, Claire (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Linguistics / DP / first language acquisition / French / syntax
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 130 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation English 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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