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By Julia Barnes

The e-book describes how a trilingual baby within the Basque state, the place Spanish and Basque are the languages of the neighborhood, is ready to effectively collect English at domestic via interplay along with her mom. It specializes in her acquisition of the shape and serve as of English questions.

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Following Myers-Scotton’s (1993) Matrix-Language Frame Model (MLF model) the two languages in a code-mixed utterance take different roles. The base language of the utterance is referred to as the ‘matrix language’ (the terms ‘host’ or ‘recipient’ are also used), whilst the language whose elements are inserted into it is termed the ‘embedded language’. The model makes a distinction between system and content morphemes that is close to the functional and lexical morphemes distinction of earlier studies.

Yes, I did / No, I didn’t. vp 04 October 2005 18:53:05 Color profile: Disabled Composite Default screen Early Trilingualism 38 Tag questions are formed by the addition of a question tag to a declarative statement. For the most common types of tag question, the question tag is negative if the statement is positive, and vice versa. • Valerie recognised you, didn’t she? ) • Valerie didn’t recognise you, did she? Declarative questions have the form of a declarative statement, except for a final rising intonation that invites the hearer’s verification: • You want something to eat?

Wolfson, Marmor and Jones (1989: 180), on the other hand, say that ‘even in societies where it has been established that a named speech act can be translated, one cannot assume that what appears to be the same situation will result in the same speech act’. The bilingual or trilingual child may keep pragmatic knowledge of each language in separate systems together with linguistic knowledge. BlumKulka and House (1989) and Vazquez (1995) point out that Spanish is more direct than English, and Basque is thought to be even more direct (Barnes, 2001).

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