Thursday 7 September, 2017 13:00 to 13:30
Heritage language acquisition in Cyprus: longitudinal and cross-sectional analysis
Speaker: Sviatlana Karpava, University of Central Lancashire
Authors: Sviatlana Karpava
The present study is focused on language proficiency and literacy skills of 28 Russian–Cypriot Greek simultaneous bilingual children, Russian heritage speakers, children of the first generation immigrants living in Cyprus. Their dominant society language is Cypriot Greek, while their home (weak/minority) language is Russian. Their age ranges from 4;6 to 11;3, and they attend pre-primary and primary Cypriot Greek school (1st–4th grades), where the language of instruction is Greek. They have limited exposure to Russian, only at home, and low level of schooling in Russian, only 1-2 hours of Russian lessons per week (Saturday schools). Both cross-sectional and longitudinal methodology was implemented to investigate developmental trajectory, dominant language transfer, divergent attainment and attrition of Russian by Russian heritage speakers in Cyprus (Polinsky, 2006; Polinsky and Kagan, 2007; Montrul, 2008, Benmamoun et al., 2013). It was found that heritage children were better at reading than writing, comprehension than production.
L1 acquisition / Heritage language acquisition - Session I
12:00 h. to 12:30 h.
Oral presentationA bidirectional study on complex wh-movement in heritage speakers and L2 learners: Transfer versus derivational complexity
Speaker: Michael Putnam, Penn State University
12:30 h. to 13:00 h.
Oral presentationComparing sentential subject production: English heritage vs. English L2 learners
Speaker: Sonja Mujcinovic, Universidad de Valladolid
11:30 h. to 12:00 h.
Oral presentationColor your first intuition: A study on antecedent selection using the Coloring Book method
Speaker: Manuela Pinto, Universiteit Utrecht
Speaker: Shalom Zuckerman, Universiteit Utrecht