Quechua-Spanish Bilingualism

Interference and convergence in functional categories

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This book addresses how cross-linguistic interference is represented in the bilingual mind. Examining novel oral production data from older bilingual children representing two Quechua varieties, this research concludes that interference in the feature specification of functional categories leads to language change in a language contact situation, and links convergence, a common set of feature values for the same functional category in both languages to the activation of features related to the informational structure of the sentence. These mechanisms are illustrated in detail by the presence of overt determiners, canonical SVO word order and the absence of accusative marking in bilingual Quechua and by neutralization of case and gender distinctions in direct object pronouns as well as in the emergence of null pronouns with definite antecedents in bilingual Spanish.
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders, 35]  2003.  x, 189 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
ix–x
1. The acquisition of functional categories in bilinguals
1–16
2. The direct object system of Quechua and Spanish
17–64
3. Bilinguals in a language contact situation
65–84
4. A turtle is looking at a toad: Functional interference and convergence in bilingual Quechua
85–113
5. The frog is looking at Phi-features: Functional convergence in bilingual Spanish
115–153
6. Conclusions
155–158
Appendix
159–175
Bibliography
177–184
Index
185–187
“This exceptional book blends theoretical explanation and empirical evidence in a seamless web. It not only provides a uniquely new and precisely analyzed data set on Quechua-Spanish bilingualism, but also offers an elegant new theory on a source of language change. Its many discoveries and insights will surely recommend it to a wide audience, ranging across many subfields including Bilingualism, First and Second Language Acquisition, Language Contact and Linguistic Theory.”
“A very interesting study. It compares two communities, makes use of explicit elicitation techniques, and the theoretical analysis is very careful.”
“This work is a strong contribution to the fields of language contact and syntactic convergence. Although the scope of the book is clearly a syntactic analysis, this work is a useful tool for those interested in brushing up on certain aspects of either Spanish or Quechua grammar.”
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BIC Subject: CFDC – Language acquisition
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2003063845