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The use of verbal morphology in Turkish as a third language: The case of Russian-English-Turkish trilinguals

Aims and Objectives: Several studies suggest that third language acquisition (TLA) is marked with complex patterns of language interaction. However, it is not clear yet to what extent multilinguals activate each of their background languages in TLA, as various factors may trigger the activation of one of the previously learnt languages. This study aims to contribute to the discussion by examining the use of verbal morphology in third language (L3) Turkish of Russian-English-Turkish trilinguals. We investigate whether the use of verbal morphology in L3 Turkish of Russian-English-Turkish trilinguals differs from that of Turkish native speakers and in the case of a deviation, which of the background languages can account for it.