Friday 8 September, 2017
Do children obey the ban on non-finite verbs in V2? Evidence from early second language learners of German with and without SLI
Authors: Petra Schulz, Rabea Schwarze
This paper investigates whether eL2 learners of German with typical development (TD) and with SLI ever produce structures violating the ban on non-finite verbs in verb-second position (V2). Previous research suggests that in monolingual and eL2-TD acquisition en-infinitives in V2 are very rare, compared to overuse of bare forms in eL2-TD. In contrast, en-infinitives in V2 are attested in monolingual SLI. However, often bare forms were analyzed together with en-infinitives or excluded from analysis, and V2 and Vf clauses were not always differentiated. Our longitudinal data from elicited production show that bare verb forms occurred in V2 only and are argued to be finite; en-infinitives were restricted to Vf. We conclude that knowledge about the restrictions for morphological markings in specific syntactic positions is still accessible when L2 acquisition starts around age 3 and that the ban on non-finite verbs in V2 is invulnerable in eL2-TD and in eL2-SLI.
16:40 - 18:40 / Workshop 3 - “Acquisition of Subject-Verb Agreement”
Oral presentationProcessing of subject-verb agreement by children with cochlear implants
Speaker: Atty Schouwenaars, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Oral presentationWe Agreed to Disagree: Subject-Verb (Dis)Agreement Patterns in L2 English
Speaker: Lenka Garshol, Universitetet i Agder
Plenary LectureWhat does preverbal knowledge of Subject-Verb agreement in French look like?
Speaker: Geraldine Legendre, Johns Hopkins University