Transfer and contact-induced variation in child Basque

  title={Transfer and contact-induced variation in child Basque},
  author={Jennifer Austin},
  booktitle={Front. Psychol.},
Young Basque-speaking children produce Differential Object Marking (DOM) and pre-verbal complementizers in their speech, variants argued to stem from contact with Spanish (Austin, 2006; Rodríguez-Ordóñez, 2013). In this paper, I claim that despite their contact-induced origin, these forms reflect distinct developmental tendencies on the part of the child acquiring Basque. Children's use of pre-verbal complementizers in Basque seems to be a relief strategy that bilingual children employ until… CONTINUE READING

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