General programme, activity sheet

Friday 8 September, 2017

Oral presentation

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

Speaker: Diane Lillo-Martin, University of Connecticut

Authors: Kadir Gökgöz, Ronice Müller de Quadros, Diane Lillo-Martin, Deborah Chen Pichler

We investigate syntactic constraints on the distributions of subjects and object pointing signs in the productions of Bimodal Bilingual (Bibi) children. We found that while signing or speaking, Bibi children use pointing very differently from monolinguals, differentiating the position of subject and object points. Most importantly, there is an asymmetry in the use of overlapping points: Subject points are separated from their predicates, while object points are potentially produced simultaneously with their predicates. We account for this by proposing that abstract roots and morphemes from either language enter a derivation and are realized by vocabulary items from either/both languages; elements within a single phase can be produced simultaneously when articulatory mechanisms allow. Since a subject ends up in a higher phase than the predicate (outside vP) it is separated in production, while an object can stay inside the same phase (inside vP) and be generated blended simultaneously with the predicate.

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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

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

Speaker: Dianna Walla, Norges Arktiske Universitet

Oral presentation

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

Speaker: Marjorie Herbert, University of Michigan

Plenary Lecture

Head directionality constraints in very young child code-switching

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