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Holistic Constructions in Heritage Russian and Russian as a Second Language: Divergence or Delay?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch, and German. Dalarna University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1761-5971
Number of Authors: 22019 (English)In: Scando-Slavica, ISSN 0080-6765, E-ISSN 1600-082X, Vol. 65, no 1, p. 94-106Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of the strategies applied by young learners of Russian when naming a word in a vocabulary test. A total of 40 children took part in the experiment: 10 simultaneous Russian-Swedish bilingual children and 10 successive Russian-Swedish bilinguals who lived in Sweden, 10 children who moved to Russia and acquired Russian as a second language, and 10 monolingual Russian children living in Russia (as a control group). All the children were tested with the Russian version of Cross-Linguistic Tasks (CLT; Nenonen, Gagarina 2016). The results showed that the error pattern in all the groups of children seemed to be similar; yet, the acquisition of some structures appeared to be delayed in Russian Heritage Language (HL) children. Holistic constructions are common for all the children, but in bilingual children the effects of cross-linguistic influence (CLI) were also noticed. We argue that 'atypical' construction does not necessarily need to be disordered since the two languages of the HL child develop in contact with each other. However, a pattern of delayed acquisition can later lead to divergent development in the weaker language of bilingual children.

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2019. Vol. 65, no 1, p. 94-106
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Russian, Swedish, bilingual children, heritage speakers, weaker language, lexical development
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-171200DOI: 10.1080/00806765.2019.1586577ISI: 000472218400008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-171200DiVA, id: diva2:1339384
Available from: 2019-07-29 Created: 2019-07-29 Last updated: 2019-12-04Bibliographically approved

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