General programme, activity sheet

Friday 8 September, 2017

Oral presentation

Factors governing code mixing in early bilingual acquisition: Dominance, language modes, and discourse strategies

Speaker: Dianna Walla, Norges Arktiske Universitet

Authors: Dianna Walla, Kristine Bentzen

This study examines the code mixing of a bilingual girl, Hedda, growing up in Norway and acquiring Norwegian and English from birth. Norwegian is clearly the dominant language in Hedda’s surroundings. We use corpus data collected between the ages of 2;3-3;3 to examine Hedda’s mixing habits when conversing with native speakers of both Norwegian and English in order to compare her code mixing habits in each language. Our data show that Hedda code mixes extensively when communicating with English speakers, while code mixing is almost absent in Norwegian contexts. However, it is interesting to note that either when prompted, or when in appropriate contexts, she is able to produce fairly complex English sentence structures. Based on this, we examine possible contributing factors to account for Hedda’s code mixing patterns, including language dominance and input, language mode, and discourse strategies.

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08:30 - 11:30 / Workshop 1 - “Code switching and bilingualism”


Other activities in 08:30 - 11:30 / Workshop 1 - “Code switching and bilingualism”

Oral presentation

Code-switching and code-blending types and subtypes: towards a shared taxonomy

Speaker: Eleonora Marocchini, Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia

Oral presentation

Fitting a monolingual solution to bilingual data: verb second

Speaker: Emma Vanden Wyngaerd, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Oral presentation

Code-blending and Contact Signing Among deaf ASL-English Bilinguals

Speaker: Marjorie Herbert, University of Michigan

Oral presentation

Constraints on Code-Blending: Distributions of Pointing Subjects and Objects in Bimodal Bilingual Children

Speaker: Diane Lillo-Martin, University of Connecticut

Plenary Lecture

Head directionality constraints in very young child code-switching

Speaker: Maria Jose Ezeizabarrena, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)