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The Acquisition of French Subject Pronouns in Child and Adult Learners

Granfeldt, Jonas LU and Schlyter, Suzanne LU (2001) In Working Papers in Multilingualism 26(Series B). p.89-104
Abstract
In this study, we will analyse the acquisition of subject pronouns in French and the distribution of Null subjects in early stages of language acquisition. We will contrast bilingual first language acquisition (2L1) and adult second language acquisition (L2). In both cases, Swedish is present as one of the two languages of the bilingual children, and as source language for the L2 learners.



We will show that with respect to subjects there are clear differences between early 2L1 grammars and these early L2 grammars in that the children first pass through a stage where Null subjects are possible. This stage is followed by the use of subject pronouns as clitics. The adult Swedish learners practically never omit subjects and... (More)
In this study, we will analyse the acquisition of subject pronouns in French and the distribution of Null subjects in early stages of language acquisition. We will contrast bilingual first language acquisition (2L1) and adult second language acquisition (L2). In both cases, Swedish is present as one of the two languages of the bilingual children, and as source language for the L2 learners.



We will show that with respect to subjects there are clear differences between early 2L1 grammars and these early L2 grammars in that the children first pass through a stage where Null subjects are possible. This stage is followed by the use of subject pronouns as clitics. The adult Swedish learners practically never omit subjects and tend to treat subject pronouns as weak or strong, following the typology presented in Cardinaletti and Starke (1999). At least some properties of subject clitics are very hard for these learners to acquire. (Less)
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Cantone, Katja Francesca and Hinzelin, Marc-Olivier
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We will show that with respect to subjects there are clear differences between early 2L1 grammars and these early L2 grammars in that the children first pass through a stage where Null subjects are possible. This stage is followed by the use of subject pronouns as clitics. The adult Swedish learners practically never omit subjects and tend to treat subject pronouns as weak or strong, following the typology presented in Cardinaletti and Starke (1999). At least some properties of subject clitics are very hard for these learners to acquire.},
  author       = {Granfeldt, Jonas and Schlyter, Suzanne},
  editor       = {Cantone, Katja Francesca and Hinzelin, Marc-Olivier},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {Series B},
  pages        = {89--104},
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  series       = {Working Papers in Multilingualism},
  title        = {The Acquisition of French Subject Pronouns in Child and Adult Learners},
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