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Heritage language proficiency does not predict syntactic CLI into L3 English

Lloyd-Smith, Anika; Gyllstad, Henrik LU ; Kupisch, Tanja and Quaglia, Stefano (2018) In International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
Abstract (Swedish)
This study examines cross-linguistic influence (CLI) in the acquisition of embedded wh-questions in L3 English in German-dominant heritage speakers (HSs) of Italian. Specifically, we investigate whether a higher proficiency in the heritage language Italian increases the potential for CLI from that language. To this end, 21 adult-aged Italian-German early bilinguals and 32 monolingual controls (L1 speakers of Italian, German, or English) completed an acceptability judgement task that tested the acquisition of embedded wh-questions in English (while also controlling for the acquisition of the relevant properties in German and Italian). Language dominance was assessed using a yes/no vocabulary test and a proficiency index based on various... (More)
This study examines cross-linguistic influence (CLI) in the acquisition of embedded wh-questions in L3 English in German-dominant heritage speakers (HSs) of Italian. Specifically, we investigate whether a higher proficiency in the heritage language Italian increases the potential for CLI from that language. To this end, 21 adult-aged Italian-German early bilinguals and 32 monolingual controls (L1 speakers of Italian, German, or English) completed an acceptability judgement task that tested the acquisition of embedded wh-questions in English (while also controlling for the acquisition of the relevant properties in German and Italian). Language dominance was assessed using a yes/no vocabulary test and a proficiency index based on various aspects of self-reported language use and proficiency. Our results suggest that syntactic CLI occurs from both languages and that this is unrelated to overall dominance in German or proficiency in Italian. (Less)
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L3 acquisition, heritage speakers, language dominance , embedded wh-questions, syntactic CLI
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International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
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  abstract     = {This study examines cross-linguistic influence (CLI) in the acquisition of embedded wh-questions in L3 English in German-dominant heritage speakers (HSs) of Italian. Specifically, we investigate whether a higher proficiency in the heritage language Italian increases the potential for CLI from that language. To this end, 21 adult-aged Italian-German early bilinguals and 32 monolingual controls (L1 speakers of Italian, German, or English) completed an acceptability judgement task that tested the acquisition of embedded wh-questions in English (while also controlling for the acquisition of the relevant properties in German and Italian). Language dominance was assessed using a yes/no vocabulary test and a proficiency index based on various aspects of self-reported language use and proficiency. Our results suggest that syntactic CLI occurs from both languages and that this is unrelated to overall dominance in German or proficiency in Italian.},
  author       = {Lloyd-Smith, Anika and Gyllstad, Henrik and Kupisch, Tanja  and Quaglia, Stefano},
  issn         = {1367-0050},
  keyword      = {L3 acquisition,heritage speakers,language dominance ,embedded wh-questions,syntactic CLI},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {04},
  publisher    = {Routledge},
  series       = {International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism},
  title        = {Heritage language proficiency does not predict syntactic CLI into L3 English},
  year         = {2018},
}