Edited by Alexandru Mardale and Silvina Montrul
[Trends in Language Acquisition Research 26] 2020
► pp. 51–75
Chapter 2Differential Object Marking in the speech of children learning Basque and
Basque speakers use dative case and agreement with animate, specific direct objects, a pattern that has been argued to be an instance of contact-induced Differential Object Marking (DOM) stemming from contact with the leísta dialect of Spanish spoken in the Basque Autonomous Community. This study compares the oral production of DOM in Basque and in Spanish by bilingual and monolingual children and by adults. While the bilingual children produced few tokens of DOM in Spanish, both bilingual and monolingual children used DOM in Basque more frequently than adults. In addition, bilingual children produced DOM at the same age in both Basque and Spanish, but at an earlier age in Basque than monolingual children do, suggesting that bilingualism in Spanish may accelerate the use of DOM in Basque. The implications of these findings for grammatical innovations driven by language contact are discussed.
- 2.Differential Object Marking and leísmo in Spanish
- 3.Differential Object Marking (DOM) in Basque
- 4.The acquisition of DOM in Spanish and Basque
- 5.Research questions
- 6.Experimental design
- 6.1Adult participants
- 6.2Child participants
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