Acquisition of Turkish Grammatical Categories in Bilingual Context


  • Hristo Kyuchukov University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland



Turkish, mother tongue, bilingualism, Bulgaria.


The paper presents results form a study on acquisition of Turkish grammatical categories by first grade Turkish speaking minority children in Bulgarian primary school. Two groups of children speakers of Turkish are tested: ethnic Turks and ethnic Roma. The Roma are Muslims and are also speakers of Turkish. Both groups speak the Northeast variety of Turkish, spoken in the surroundings of Varna, Bulgaria. The author examines the lexical reaches, syntax complexity and narrative knowledge of the children and predicts that the low results on mother tongue tests will be a reason for difficulties in the second language acquisition - Bulgarian. The author connects the results of mother tongue knowledge of the children with the language interdependence theory of Cummins (1991), where the level of  the mother tongue is  a predictor of second language acquisition.

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Vol 6 No 1 (2019)

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Kyuchukov, H. (2019). Acquisition of Turkish Grammatical Categories in Bilingual Context. East European Journal of Psycholinguistics , 6(1), 32-46.

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