Zeitschrift für Slawistik
Ed. by Kosta, Peter / Kuße, Holger / Prunitsch, Christian / Udolph, Ludger
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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.