General programme, activity sheet

Friday 8 September, 2017 17:10 to 17:40

Oral presentation

Overgeneralizing word order: The acquisition of embedded V2 optionality

Speaker: Tina Ringstad, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige Universitet

Authors: Tina Ringstad, Dave Kush

Overgeneralizing word order: The acquisition of embedded V2 optionality Children acquiring Mainland Scandinavian are faced with the challenge of optional embedded V2 (EV2) in certain contexts. Children are found to overextend this word order to contexts where it is disallowed (Heycock et al. 2013; Westergaard and Bentzen 2007). We investigated the word order of children aged 3-5 in a within-participant design, eliciting production of three clause types carrying different status for EV2 in the target language. Our results show that children overgeneralize, by using EV2 in all three contexts. We discuss various proposals for the process of EV2 acquisition, pertaining to the question of how children do not fall into a `superset trap´ but ´correct´ their initial misanalysis to arrive at the more restrictive end state grammar.

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L1 acquisition / L2 acquisition - Session IV

Other activities in L1 acquisition / L2 acquisition - Session IV

16:40 h. to 17:10 h.

Oral presentation

Two systems, one strategy: acquiring ordinals in Dutch and English

Speaker: Caitlin Meyer, Universiteit van Amsterdam

18:10 h. to 18:40 h.

Oral presentation

Anaphora resolution in L1 English-L2 Spanish in the CEDEL2 corpus: beyond experimental evidence

Speaker: Cristóbal Lozano, Universidad de Granada
Speaker: Teresa Quesada, Universidad de Granada

17:40 h. to 18:10 h.

Oral presentation

Towards an explanation for why German children do not have problems interpreting object pronouns: An eye-tracking study

Speaker: Atty Schouwenaars, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Speaker: Esther Ruigendijk, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg