14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999

The Processing of Phonological Information by Bilingual Subject: Example of the Acquisition of Liaison in French

Sandrine Ferré, Sophie Wauquier-Gravelines

Université de Nantes, France

Any native or learner speaker of French is confronted to the problems posed by liaison. The floating parameter doesn't appear in every languages. If this parameter is set up at about three years old by French children, it is interesting to observe how bilingual children, who are confronted to two disctintive phonological systems, manage to set up such a parameter. An experiment conducted with thirteen bilingual children brought out that the language of the mother is determiner. If the bilingualism bring a cognitive advantage, a mainly english input impede the phonological structuration of French. The differences between the two groups of children allow us to determine the phonological values which are required during the acquisition of liaison.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ferré, Sandrine / Wauquier-Gravelines, Sophie (1999): "The processing of phonological information by bilingual subject: example of the acquisition of liaison in French", In ICPhS-14, 2197-2200.