Cross-linguistic influence in French–English bilingual children's possessive constructions*

  title={Cross-linguistic influence in French–English bilingual children's possessive constructions*},
  author={Elena Nicoladis},
  journal={Bilingualism: Language and Cognition},
  pages={320 - 328}
  • E. Nicoladis
  • Published 4 November 2011
  • Linguistics
  • Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
The purpose of this article was to test the predictions of a speech production model of cross-linguistic influence in French–English bilingual children. A speech production model predicts bidirectional influence (i.e., bilinguals’ greater use of periphrastic constructions like the hat of the dog relative to monolinguals in English and reversed possessive constructions like *chien chapeau to refer to a dog's hat). In contrast, other explanations predict unidirectional influence from French to… 
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