The 10th Anniversary FDSL Conference, Leipzig 2013
Edited By Gerhild Zybatow, Petr Biskup, Marcel Guhl, Claudia Hurtig, Olav Mueller-Reichau and Maria Yastrebova
From privative to equipollent: incipient changes in the aspectual system of heritage Russian
← 272 | 273 →Oksana Laleko
State University of New York at New Paltz
Heritage speakers, or early bilinguals whose primary language in adulthood differs from the language to which they were natively exposed in a family setting while growing up, represent a unique linguistic phenomenon of non-native-like attainment of an L1, which has generated much interest in recent theoretical and experimental linguistic work. Heritage grammars have been shown to diverge from the corresponding full-fledged baseline varieties in principled and systematic ways. Cross-linguistic investigations of a wide range of grammatical phenomena in heritage speakers of various proficiency levels have yielded generalizations about design features that may be common to all heritage languages, particularly in the realm of morphology and syntax, where numerous parallels among typologically distinct heritage languages have been documented (see Benmamoun, Montrul & Polinsky 2013). The common patterns of linguistic development in heritage languages are emerging as a source of new data for testing theories and informing our understanding of the foundational principles of language architecture and the mechanisms of its acquisition and development.
The domain of morphosyntax remains one of the most extensively researched areas of heritage language structure to date. Persistent problems with comprehension and production of complex morphology and syntax, manifested through simplification and loss of the corresponding forms and difficulties with their interpretation, have been observed in speakers of various heritage languages. Among the most extensively documented linguistic manifestations of incomplete attainment in the context of heritage language acquisition are...
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