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Languages 2018, 3(1), 7; https://doi.org/10.3390/languages3010007

Monosyllabic Place Holders in Child Acquisition of Spanish as a Second Language

Fundación José Ortega y Gasset-Gregorio Marañón, C/ Fortuny 53, Madrid 28010, Spain
Received: 16 December 2017 / Revised: 11 March 2018 / Accepted: 15 March 2018 / Published: 19 March 2018
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Abstract

Monosyllabic place holders (MPHs) have been studied extensively in first-language (L1) acquisition of Spanish and other Romance languages. However, the study of MPHs in second-language (L2) acquisition, both by children and adults, has received much less attention. This study provides evidence for the presence of MPHs in the L2 Spanish of two L1 Moroccan Arabic children living in Spain. The age difference between the children (10;9 for Rachida and 6;10 for Khalid) allows us to address the issue of whether the younger child would use MPHs, as is the case in L1 acquisition. However, what the data show is that both children used MPHs, although Khalid’s MPH rate was slightly higher than Rachida’s. Therefore, based on these findings we argue that MPHs can constitute a strategy available for all child learners of Spanish. View Full-Text
Keywords: child second-language acquisition; acquisition of Spanish; Moroccan Arabic; monosyllabic place holder (MPH); determiner phrase child second-language acquisition; acquisition of Spanish; Moroccan Arabic; monosyllabic place holder (MPH); determiner phrase
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