General programme, activity sheet

Friday 8 September, 2017

Oral presentation

Semantic universals in the article choice of heritage speakers

Speaker: Gulsen Yilmaz, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Authors: Gulsen Yilmaz

The aim of the present study is to investigate the extent to which HL (Turkish) is guided by semantic universals (i.e., definiteness, specificity and partitivity (presuppositionality)) that are assumed to govern the article choice and how HSs behave in the corresponding categories in their L2 (German). Data are collected from the Turkish HSs living in Germany via a sentence completion task and an acceptability judgment task in both Turkish and German. The participants are also given a standardized proficiency test in Turkish and interviewed to have background information. The findings will be discussed in relation to recent generative linguistic theorizing (Alexiadou et al. 2007, Westergaard 2009) and usage-based approaches (Backus 2015, Tomasello 2003) in an attempt to contribute to the debate over the innateness and the role of experience in language acquisition.

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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

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

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

Plenary Lecture

Gradient representations: Consequences for acquisition and maintenance

Speaker: Michael Putnam, Penn State University