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The main questions of this paper are whether children acquire adults’ variable V1-V2/V2-V1 word order in the perfective two-verb cluster simultaneously with a rigid V1-V2 word order in the modal two-verb cluster from start of the acquisition process. The experimental results show that children acquire variable word orders following rigid ones confirming Labov’s (1989) expectation that children have to acquire grammatical properties before acquiring stylistic and sociolinguistic constraints. It is, however, not possible to disentangle whether the struggle with the variable word orders in the perfective cluster is due to grammatical reasons only or due to the fact that this type of variation reveals no significant social stratification among the adults.
Original languageEnglish
Title of book/volumeAcquiring sociolinguistic variation
EditorsGunther De Vogelaer, Matthias Katerbow
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Pages91-116
Publication statusPublished - 05 Oct 2017

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