Overt and Null Subjects in Bulgarian and in L1 Bulgarian-L2 German Interlanguage
This book addresses the realization of pronominal subjects in Bulgarian and its implications for late near-native competence of German as a second/foreign language. Since Bulgarian is under-researched, typological investigations were carried out prior to the empirical study of L2 subject use. The book covers the adequate classification of Bulgarian, ascertaining its pro-drop nature, and explores the possible impact of related cross-linguistic differences on near-native interlanguage grammars of speakers with the language combination L1-Bulgarian/L2-German. Although German is not pro-drop, it allows null topics and requires some obligatory null expletives, so that null subject contexts superficially overlap for the two languages. This is a source of interlanguage deficits if no proper differentiation between subject types is made.
Dobrinka Genevska-Hanke is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. She has published studies on adult L2-phonology and syntax, as well as L1-attrition, and has worked on foreign language instruction and child bilingualism.
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