Lördagen den 6 oktober kl 13 i Hörsal 9 försvarar Natasha Ringblom sin avhandling "The Acquisition of Russian in a Language Contact Situation: A Case Study of a Bilingual Child in Sweden".

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This study investigates the acquisition of Russian in a language contact situation. It examines a simultaneous Swedish-Russian bilingual child born in Sweden. The aim was to investigate (a) whether the child reaches the same milestones as monolingual children, (b) whether there is evidence that two separate linguistic systems have been developed, (c) whether the child’s grammatical competence might be qualitatively different from that of monolingual children and (d) whether there is interaction between the languages. The hypothesis tested is that ample input is needed to construct and develop two linguistic systems on a native-speaker level.
The main result is that the two linguistic systems do not develop independently from each other; rather, 2L1s develop in permanent interaction where the weaker language happens to be influenced by the stronger one. The bilingual environment per se might lead to decreased structural complexity in the weaker language. Language dominance is viewed as a major determiner of cross-linguistic effects. This could lead to the development of a new individual variety of Russian.