Friday 8 September, 2017
Gradient representations: Consequences for acquisition and maintenance
Speaker: Michael Putnam, Penn State University
In this talk I explore the consequences of assuming that linguistic mental representations are gradient in nature (rather than completely discrete). Such a stance has a profound impact on our understanding of the process of language acquisition and maintenance of heritage grammars across the lifespan. The gradient nature of representations and their connection with other cognitive processes lead to restructuring and recycling processes, which have a profound impact for the development of heritage grammars. Here I discuss how the notion of gradient representations impacts the generative enterprise, forcing us, as linguists, to revisit long-held claims and assumptions we hold about grammar.
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 presentationComparing 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 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