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Uyghur-Chinese early successive bilingual children’s acquisition of voluntary motion expressions

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Tusun, Alimujiang 

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This study explores the implications of Talmy’s (2000) motion event typology and its subsequent articulations in relation to Slobin’ (1996, 2006) thinking-for-speaking hypothesis for the early successive bilingual acquisition of Uyghur (verb-framed) and Mandarin Chinese (equipollently-framed). Specifically, it examines how 4-, 6-, 8- and 10-year-old bilingual children acquire motion expressions in their L1 and L2 respectively, and how cross-linguistic influence shapes their L2 acquisition process. Results showed that, in their L1 Uyghur, bilinguals followed general developmental trajectories observed for children acquiring verb-framed languages. While sensitive to the equipollent Chinese system from early on, due to L1 and other factors, bilinguals fully converged on the Chinese pattern only at age 10, a feat in place in monolinguals from age 3. Our findings highlight that bilingual children do eventually come to develop language-specific thinking-for-speaking patterns in their L2, but they traverse a distinct developmental path.

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52 Psychology, 5204 Cognitive and Computational Psychology, 4704 Linguistics, 47 Language, Communication and Culture, Clinical Research, Pediatric

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Bilingualism: Language and Cognition

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1366-7289
1469-1841

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Cambridge University Press

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