General programme, activity sheet

Friday 8 September, 2017

Oral presentation

The processing of Negative Polarity Items in Turkish-German bilingual speakers

Speaker: Seckin Arslan, Universität Potsdam

Authors: Seckin Arslan, Sol Lago, Aydogan Yanılmaz, John Drury, and Claudia Felser

This study investigates processing of Turkish negative polarity items (NPIs) using a self-paced reading experiment with end-of-sentence grammaticality judgements. Participants included a total of 53 Turkish-German bilingual speakers. We explored whether these bilinguals would show intrusion effects from illusory NPI licensers and whether these were modulated by L1 and/or L2 proficiency. Our sentence stimuli included 30 sets of sentences in six experimental conditions, with the presence of both an NPI and of a suitable licenser (verb negation) systematically manipulated. Our results indicate that bilingual Turkish readers show intrusion effects in their processing of NPIs. Furthermore, both their German and Turkish proficiencies were found to modulate participants’ judgement accuracy but not their online reading patterns. Our findings suggest that the structural conditions for NPI licensing in Turkish might be degraded or less stable in bilinguals who are highly proficient in German.

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08:30 - 11:30 / Workshop 2 - “Grammatical processing in second language speakers: agreement, polarity, anaphora and other grammatical illusions”

Other activities in 08:30 - 11:30 / Workshop 2 - “Grammatical processing in second language speakers: agreement, polarity, anaphora and other grammatical illusions”

Oral presentation

A cue-based approach to long-distance anaphor binding in L2 Chinese

Speaker: Cecile De Cat, University of Leeds

Plenary Lecture

Illusions of grammaticality in non-native language processing

Speaker: Claudia Felser, University of Potsdam

Oral presentation

Online syntactic processing in native and non-native speakers of English: exploring quantitative and qualitative differences

Speaker: Carrie Ankerstein, Universität des Saarlandes


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