General programme, activity sheet

Thursday 7 September, 2017 18:10 to 18:40

Oral presentation

Passive comprehension in bilingual acquisition: L1 English, L2 Hebrew

Speaker: Irena Botwinik, Tel Aviv University
Speaker: Efrat Harel, Kibbutzim College of Education

Authors: Efrat Harel, Sharon Armon-Lotem, Irena Botwinik

Passive comprehension in bilingual acquisition: L1 English, L2 Hebrew Various accounts have been proposed to account for the cross-linguistic differences in the acquisition of passives. Focusing on the comprehension of passive in bilingual acquisition of L1 English and L2 Hebrew, differing in their marking of passives, we are able to disentangle the conceptual, syntactic, and processing factors from the morphological ones. Based on our results we argue that the differences in children's performance on the Hebrew and English tasks are due to children's lack of knowledge of the passive forms in the Hebrew past tense. We propose that as long as the forms are not acquired, children interpret the unfamiliar passive forms as their active counterparts. This results in reversal errors by younger and older bilinguals in Hebrew but not in English, and in a similarity in the rate of reversal errors between younger Hebrew monolinguals and bilinguals, with a decline among older Hebrew monolinguals but not among older bilinguals.

Further information:

L2 acquisition / L3/Ln and bi/multilingual language - Session III

Other activities in L2 acquisition / L3/Ln and bi/multilingual language - Session III

17:40 h. to 18:10 h.

Oral presentation

The acquisition of nonstructural Case in eL2-children with typical development and Specific Language Impairment

Speaker: Rabea Schwarze, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

17:10 h. to 17:40 h.

Oral presentation

From corpora to experiments: investigating word order at the interfaces in SLA

Speaker: Cristóbal Lozano, Universidad de Granada

18:40 h. to 19:10 h.

Oral presentation

Grammatical gender on novel nouns in child bilingual acquisition

Speaker: Marit Westergaard, Norges Arktiske Universitet
Speaker: Yulia Rodina, Norges Arktiske Universitet
Speaker: Natalia Mitrofanova, Norges Arktiske Universitet