Thursday 7 September, 2017 17:10 to 17:40
From corpora to experiments: investigating word order at the interfaces in SLA
Speaker: Cristóbal Lozano, Universidad de Granada
Authors: Cristóbal Lozano, Amaya Mendikoetxea
We show how experimental and corpus data should be triangulated to fully understand acquisition at the interfaces (lexicon-syntax, syntax-discourse, syntax-phonology). We investigate Subject-Verb inversion (SV/VS alternations) in L1 Spanish–L2 English. The corpus data revealed native-like attainment by advanced learners: unaccusativity (lexicon-syntax interface) is a necessary but not sufficient condition for inversion to occur since the subject must be focus (syntax-discourse interface) and heavy (syntax-phonology interface). But learners show deficits in the syntactic realization of the preverbal field with inverted structures by inserting *it/*Ø expletives. A follow-up experimental study (n=417) was designed to test such deficits. Learners show optionality in the selection of ungrammatical expletives (*it, *Ø) as well as their grammatical counterpart (there, PPlocative). However, they eventually discriminate grammatical (there, PP) vs ungrammatical (Ø, it) preverbal with unaccusative VS, with ungrammatical expletives decreasing with proficiency. These findings have implications for SLA theories at the interfaces.
L2 acquisition / L3/Ln and bi/multilingual language - Session III
17:40 h. to 18:10 h.
Oral presentationThe acquisition of nonstructural Case in eL2-children with typical development and Specific Language Impairment
Speaker: Rabea Schwarze, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
18:10 h. to 18:40 h.
Oral presentationPassive comprehension in bilingual acquisition: L1 English, L2 Hebrew
Speaker: Irena Botwinik, Tel Aviv University
Speaker: Efrat Harel, Kibbutzim College of Education
18:40 h. to 19:10 h.
Oral presentationGrammatical 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