General programme, activity sheet

Friday 8 September, 2017 17:40 to 18:10

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

Authors: Margreet Vogelzang, Atty Schouwenaars, Petra Hendriks, Esther Ruigendijk

We propose an explanation for the absence of the Delay of Principle-B Effect in German but it's presence in Dutch based on the observation that Dutch pronouns are functionally more ambiguous than German pronouns: Dutch pronouns in locative PPs can refer back to the sentential subject (The hedgehog puts the book next to him), whereas German pronouns cannot. As a first step, we ran an eye-tracking study to investigate whether context influences German adults' (n=39) processing of object pronouns like him in the test sentence 'The hedgehog photographs him'. Three context conditions that differed in antecedent prominence, i.e. in preceding discourse, were used preceding the test sentence. The results showed no influence of context condition on the processing of object pronouns in German. We compare these results to a parallel study of Van Rij et al. (2016), who showed that context does influence the processing of object pronouns in Dutch.

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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

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