Issues in bilingual acquisition: a case study

Champdoizeau, Christine (2006) Issues in bilingual acquisition: a case study. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

[img] [English] PDF - Accepted Version
Available under License - The author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.

Download (2MB)


This thesis examines issues related to the relationship between the two languages comprised in a bilingual child's linguistic competence. The data investigated come from a longitudinal case study of an English-French bilingual child (2;00.04 to 4;02.25). The first topic under investigation relates to the reasons behind code switching as well as the constraints on the manifestations of this phenomenon. These constraints result in morphosyntactic combinations that can or cannot occur in code-switched utterances. The data are also analyzed from the perspective of the acoustic manifestation of stress in each language. The results of this acoustic investigation suggest that the child has two separate stress systems and that she has mastered the main phonetic cues related to the manifestation of stress in each language. Overall, this study supports claims in the current literature that bilingual speakers do indeed have separate grammars in their linguistic competence.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 10282
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 86-90.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Linguistics
Date: 2006
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Bilingualism in children; Code switching (Linguistics); Language acquisition.

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over the past year

View more statistics