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„Lexical Bootstrapping” Hypothese und bilingualer Erstspracherwerb (Am Beispiel einer Longitudinalstudie eines russisch-deutschsprachigen Kindes)1

Elena Dieser
Published Online: 2009-09-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/slaw.2008.0013


The present study tests the lexical bootstrapping hypothesis using the first language acquisition data of a bilingual Russian-German-speaking child. Emphasis was placed on (1) the early development of infinitives and (2) the acquisition of the first person (1.P.) (I-concept), especially within the construction “personal prounoun (1.P. Sg.) + verb (1.P.Sg.)”. In both of these cases, an asymmetrical process was documented for German and Russian.

The phenomena described indicate that the process of language learning includes a lexeme-specific phase (e.g. a chunk-phase). These constructions are transferable to similar types of cases within the same language only after enough lexeme-specific forms have been learned. At the beginning of language acquisition, what is learned in one language can not automatically be applied in the grammatical constructions of the other language.

Keywords: lexical bootstrapping hypothesis; first language acquisition data; bilingual Russian-German speaking child; early development of infinitives; chunk-phase

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Published Online: 2009-09-25

Published in Print: 2008-06-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Slawistik, Volume 53, Issue 2/2008, Pages 178–186, ISSN (Print) 0044-3506, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/slaw.2008.0013.

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