The focus of this collection of essays is on the acquisition of so called vulnerable and invulnerable grammatical domains in multilingualism. Language acquisition is studied from a comparative perspective, mostly in the framework of generative grammar. Different types of multilingualism are compared, the existence of multiple grammars in L1 acquisition, simultaneous L2 acquisition (balanced and unbalanced bilingualism) and successive L2 acquisition (child and adult L2 acquisition). Evidence from the language pairs French-German, Italian-Swedish, Spanish-English, Spanish-German, Spanish-Basque, Portuguese-Japanese-English, Portuguese-German, English-German, Turkish-German is brought to bear on grammatical issues pertaining to the morphology and syntax of the noun phrase, pronoun use and the null-subject property, clause structure, verb position, non-finite clauses, agreement at the clause level, and on issues like code mixing and language dominance.
1. Introduction (by Muller, Natascha); 2. The DP, a vulnerable domain?: Evidence from the acquisition of French (by Kupisch, Tanja); 3. Child and adult acquisition of word order in the Italian DP (by Bernardini, Petra); 4. Null Subjects and optional infinitives in Basque (by Ezeizabarrena, Maria-Jose); 5. The acquisition of subjects in bilingual children: Pronoun use in Portuguese-German children (by Hinzelin, Marc-Olivier); 6. Approaches to bilingual acquisition data (by Gawlitzek-Maiwald, Ira); 7. Factors accounting for code-mixing in an early developing bilingual (by Deuchar, Margaret); 8. Syllable final consonants in Spanish and German monolingual and bilingual acquisition (by Lleo, Conxita); 9. Interrogative elements as subordinators in Turkish: Aspects of Turkish-German bilingual children's language use (by Herkenrath, Annette); 10. Child L2 acquisition: An insider account (by Kato, Mary Aizawa); 11. The Verb-Object parameter in simultaneous and successive acquisition of bilingualism (by Mohring, Anja); 12. Multiple grammars, feature-attraction, pied-piping, and the question: Is AGR inside TP? (by Roeper, Thomas); 13. Name index; 14. Subject index