General programme, activity sheet

Thursday 7 September, 2017 18:40 to 19:10

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

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.

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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

18:10 h. to 18:40 h.

Oral presentation

Passive 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 presentation

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

Speaker: Cristóbal Lozano, Universidad de Granada