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Planning for between-language transfer

I don’t think that transfer (between languages) just happens. I think you have to plan for it. So, what kind of things transfer? How can we use what we know about language transfer to maximize transfer between two languages? 551 more words

Child Bilingualism

A functional explanation for morphosyntax?

For many years I have tried to come up with what some linguists might consider a ‘functional’ explanation for morphosyntactic representations and processes. By ‘functional’ I don’t mean notions that have something to do with language use or communication (which I believe play only a marginal role) but, rather, material-causal explanation(s) for the occurrence of these strange events. 519 more words


Bilingual Assessment and Language Dominance: We need to MOVE ON

A long time ago (about 25 to 30 years ago) I learned that bilingual children should be tested in their dominant or home language. The prevailing view then was that if you tested in the weaker language you wouldn’t be letting the child demonstrate what they knew. 588 more words


Infixes? Absofreakinglutely… not.

The tools of linguistics are like a fancy set of lock-picking tools, different ones suited to different locks. Some locks are hard to pick and linguists try a few different tools, proclaiming varying amounts of success in the effort. 78 more words

The Week

Independent Research using the BESA

My collaborators and I did a number of studies of morphosyntax, semantics, phonology and pragmatics that informed development of the final version of the BESA. We’ve since done other studies using the BESA as an indicator of language impairment or phonological impairment. 353 more words

Child Bilingualism


I am getting questions about our PHOPHLO project now that a part of it has inexplicably made Science Daily  so I will provide a summary of the project here with a few of the outcomes. 1,120 more words

The German Case System, Part 1

Grammatical case is a feature of some languages that indicates its function in the clause. The German case system has four cases: Nominative, Accusative, Dative and Genitive. 331 more words