L2-English/L1-French

1979-1983

The aim of this project was to provide data on L2 English based on a language other than German. Four L1-French speaking children are followed for approximately one year as they acquired English as their L2 in the Boston, USA, area. Their parents were engaged in non-linguistic research at local universities. The structural analyses were foussed on early declarative sentences, interrogation, and negation. The study revealed that the process of L2 acquisition is parallel to the one for L2 English/L1 German except for the differences derived from transfer from French.

Principal collaborator: U. Tiphine