General programme, activity sheet

Saturday 9 September, 2017 15:30 to 16:00

Oral presentation

Language distance and phenomena complexity: influencing factors for the reassembly process? Evidence from Spanish as L2 among learners of different L1 backgrounds

Speaker: Jessica Diebowski, Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Speaker: Tim Diaubalick, Bergische Universität Wuppertal / Universitat de les Illes Balears

Authors: Diaubalick, Tim; Diebowski, Jessica; Guijarro-Fuentes, Pedro; Schmitz, Katrin

Within the framework of the Feature Reassembly Hypothesis (Lardiere 2009), we investigate the knowledge of Anglophone and German learners of L2 Spanish in two complex grammatical domains (grammatical aspect and gender agreement) where typological distance of different size is at play and we want to find out to which extent these two factors (and their combination) still allow a complete feature reassembly. We hypothesize that especially the combination of these factors may hinder learners to achieve the target configuration. We present oral and written data from 30 advanced learners of L2 Spanish from Germany and the United States. Our results confirm that, when the two factors of great typological distance and high complexity of the grammatical domains in the target systems are combined, completing the reassembly process may turn out to be highly exceptional, since the German learners show persisting difficulties in the area of grammatical aspect.

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L2 acquisition - Session VI

Other activities in L2 acquisition - Session VI

15:00 h. to 15:30 h.

Oral presentation

Phenomenon-Specific Sentence Processing in Native Speakers and Language Learners

Speaker: Marina Sokolova, University of Southampton

16:00 h. to 16:30 h.

Oral presentation

Native-like strategies in English speakers’ L2 processing of Chinese base-generated-topic sentences

Speaker: Boping Yuan, University of Cambridge

16:30 h. to 17:00 h.

Oral presentation

Acquiring the Telicity Constraint in L2 Chinese Passives without Positive Evidence

Speaker: Ruyi Dai, University of Cambridge
Speaker: Boping Yuan, University of Cambridge