General programme, activity sheet

Friday 8 September, 2017

Oral presentation

Comparing Spanish Heritage Speakers with Different Dominant Languages: the Influence from Dutch and English on Subject Position.

Speaker: Aafke Hulk, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Speaker: Brechje van Osch, Universiteit van Amsterdam

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.

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08:30 - 11:30 / Workshop 4 - “Formal Perspectives in the Acquisition of Minority Languages”

Other activities in 08:30 - 11:30 / Workshop 4 - “Formal Perspectives in the Acquisition of Minority Languages”

Oral presentation

Another 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 presentation

Input 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 presentation

Semantic universals in the article choice of heritage speakers

Speaker: Gulsen Yilmaz, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Plenary Lecture

Gradient representations: Consequences for acquisition and maintenance

Speaker: Michael Putnam, Penn State University