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Explicit Teaching of Syntactic Movement in Passive Sentences and Relative Clauses

The Case of a Romanian/Italian Sequential Bilingual Child

Francesca Volpato    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

Giulia Bozzolan    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    



This study presents a language learning approach involving the explicit teaching of syntactic movement to a sequential bilingual (Romanian-Italian) child aged 7;4, who was exposed to Italian at the age of 3. The child was assessed on her general skills in Italian and on production and comprehension of relative clauses (RCs) and passive sentences (PSs). Her performance was assessed before and after the teaching period. At the first administration, she had low results in all tests compared to monolingual Italian children. After the period of explicit teaching, improvement was observed especially in PSs. In the use of RCs, improvement was less evident, especially in production, but it is worth noticing that metalinguistic awareness was developed.

Sept. 28, 2017
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Keywords: BilingualismRelative clausesPassive sentencesExplicit syntactic teaching

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