Thursday 7 September, 2017 18:40 to 19:10
Grammatical gender on novel nouns in child bilingual acquisition
Authors: Natalia Mitrofanova, Yulia Rodina, Olga Urek, Marit Westergaard
Recent studies on the acquisition of grammatical gender in child bilinguals and adult heritage speakers have used existing nouns, which means that target-consistent production could either be due to an internalized gender system in the children’s grammar or simply to memorized forms. Therefore, the current research project uses novel nouns to investigate how bilingual Norwegian-Russian children assign gender in Russian, their minority language. The results of an elicited production experiment show that 7-10-year old bilinguals are sensitive to the gender cues in their minority language and have knowledge of the gender assignment rules. Yet, lack of exposure can reduce this sensitivity, causing overuse of masculine gender forms.
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
17:10 h. to 17:40 h.
Oral presentationFrom corpora to experiments: investigating word order at the interfaces in SLA
Speaker: Cristóbal Lozano, Universidad de Granada