Acquisition of Noun Plurals among Early Sequential Russian-Hebrew Speaking Bilinguals: a Longitudinal Multiple Case Study

Mila Schwartz
The focus of the present study is on the trajectory of acquisition of noun pluralization in Hebrew as a window into inflectional morphology among six early successive bilingual children with age of onset of acquisition around 3 years. By focusing on children who acquired L1 (Russian) at home and at preschool within a 'first language first approach', we investigate qualitative and quantitative features of children's noun pluralization in Hebrew (L2) acquisition. We rely on a multi-faceted
more » ... dinal analysis of noun pluralization, examining both correct and incorrect productions in structured elicitations as well as in (semi-) spontaneous interactions, while taking into account the quality and quantity of the language input in their home and schooling environment. Comparing our data to those collected for Hebrew L1 speakers, results show a striking similarity between monolinguals and ESBs with respect to the developmental trajectory of pluralization by the various variables examined.