Friday 8 September, 2017
Comparing Spanish Heritage Speakers with Different Dominant Languages: the Influence from Dutch and English on Subject Position.
Authors: Brechje van Osch, Suzanne Aalbere, Aafke Hulk, Petra Sleeman
This study compares Spanish heritage speakers in the Netherlands and the US on their judgment and production of subject position in Spanish. Three factors determining subject position are investigated: unaccusativity, focus and definiteness of the subject. Whereas uaccusativity pertains to the internal interface between syntax and semantics, focus and definiteness involve the external interface between syntax and discourse. The results show that unaccusativity is the most robust factor, in line with the Interface Hypothesis. However, Dutch heritage speakers also show knowledge of the effects of focus on word order. Furthermore, the two groups show differential overgeneralization patterns across conditions: the American heritage speakers overgeneralize preverbal subjects, whereas their Dutch counterparts prefer postverbal subjects. We suggest that this difference may be related to cross-linguistic influence, given the higher frequency of postverbal subjects in Dutch.
08:30 - 11:30 / Workshop 4 - “Formal Perspectives in the Acquisition of Minority Languages”
Place:Sala George Bernanos
Oral presentationAnother look at pronominal resolution in bilinguals. Evidence from Portuguese -German and Portuguese-Spanish bilingual children and teenagers.
Speaker: Esther Rinke, Goethe University
Speaker: Cristina Flores, Universidade do Minho
Oral presentationInput overrides attrition: Verb agreement of developing L2 and heritage Spanish bilinguals in dual immersion
Speaker: Julia Herschensohn, Univeristy of Washington
Speaker: Ana Fernandez Dobao, University of Washington
Oral presentationSemantic universals in the article choice of heritage speakers
Speaker: Gulsen Yilmaz, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Plenary LectureGradient representations: Consequences for acquisition and maintenance
Speaker: Michael Putnam, Penn State University