The development of bimodal bilingualism

Autor/a: LILLO-MARTIN, Diane; DE QUADROS, Ronice Müller; PICHLER, Deborah C.
Año: 2016
Editorial: John Benjamins, 2016
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Papel


Educación, Educación » Adquisición y desarrollo del lenguaje


A wide range of linguistic phenomena contribute to our understanding of the architecture of the human linguistic system. In this paper we present a proposal dubbed Language Synthesis to capture bilingual phenomena including code-switching and ‘transfer’ as automatic consequences of the addition of a second language, using basic concepts of Minimalism and Distributed Morphology. Bimodal bilinguals, who use a sign language and a spoken language, provide a new type of evidence regarding possible bilingual phenomena, namely code-blending, the simultaneous production of (aspects of) a message in both speech and sign. We argue that code-blending also follows naturally once a second articulatory interface is added to the model. Several different types of code-blending are discussed in connection to the predictions of the Synthesis model. Our primary data come from children developing as bimodal bilinguals, but our proposal is intended to capture a wide range of bilingual effects across any language pair.

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En: Lillo-Martin, D., Quadros, Ronice M., Pichler, D. (eds.): Epistemological issue with keynote article “The development of bimodal bilingualism: Implications for linguistic theory”, pp. 719–755.