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The Bilingual Child


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1. Introduction; 2. Theoretical framework; 3. Methodology; 4. Wh-interrogatives: to move or not to move?; 5. Null objects: dual input and learnability; 6. Relative clauses: transfer and universals; 7. Vulnerable domains and the directionality of transfer; 8. Bilingual development and contact-induced grammaticalization; 9. Conclusions.

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Examines the early linguistic development of children bilingual in English and Cantonese.

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Virginia Yip is Professor in Linguistics and Modern Languages at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Stephen Matthews is Associate Professor in Linguistics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


'One of the most striking strengths of this book can be found in Yip and Matthews's continued attempts to bridge theoretical frameworks and reconcile seemingly divergent approaches to the study of bilingualism ... this work will undoubtedly prove useful to students and researchers across many disciplines.' Studies in Second Language Acquisition
'... this book deserves attention for its extensive data base. ... it is an important book. ... a 'must-read' for researchers studying language acquisition.' Journal of Linguistics

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