General programme, activity sheet

Friday 8 September, 2017 18:10 to 18:40

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

Authors: Teresa Quesada, Cristóbal Lozano

Anaphora resolution (AR) has been extensively studied in L2 Spanish in the context of the Position of Antecedent Strategy (PAS). PAS is a structural parsing strategy: a null pronominal subject biases towards an antecedent in a structurally higher position (subject), which marks topic continuity, whereas an overt pronoun biases towards a non-subject antecedent, which marks topic shift. Most of these studies are experimental in nature and have investigated PAS in decontextualized and rather artificial scenarios. We present evidence from naturalistic data from the CEDEL2 corpus (L1 English-L2 Spanish). Results from lower and upper advanced L2 Spanish learners (vs. a native control group) confirm that null pronouns show a bias towards subject antecedents (topic-continuity scenarios), but overt pronouns show a rather optional bias (subject/non-subject antecedent) and that NPs show a stronger bias towards antecedents in non-subject position, a finding which has been overlooked in previous experimental research.

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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

17:10 h. to 17:40 h.

Oral presentation

Overgeneralizing word order: The acquisition of embedded V2 optionality

Speaker: Tina Ringstad, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige Universitet

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