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Friday 8 September, 2017


Do L2 lexical and syntactic development go hand in hand?

Speaker: Vivienne Rogers, Swansea University

Authors: Vivienne Rogers

A central question in second language acquisition research is how instructed learners can acquire new features not present in the first language. Bates & Goodman (1997) suggested the in first language acquisition, children’s development of syntactic features relies on vocabulary size. There have not yet been extensive studies in L2 acquisition in this area. This exploratory study seeks to investigate whether there is a relationship between the acquisition of vocabulary and uninterpretable features and how the former may constrain the acquisition of the latter. This pilot study investigates 20 English intermediate learners of French. The participants took part in a battery of tasks including a measure of general proficiency, vocabulary tests and written production tasks. Initial results showed significant correlations between measures of lexical diversity (D) and MLU, DP, TP and CP. These initial results suggest that the acquisition of vocabulary is related to the acquisition of uninterpretable features.

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Bilingualism: Empirical analysis of the Majorcan pronominal clitics

Speaker: Amelia Jiménez, Universitat de les Illes Balears
Speaker: Pedro Guijarro-Fuentes, Universitat de les Illes Balears


Viewpoint aspect in child Romanian

Speaker: Ioana Stoicescu, Universitate din București


Root Infinitives in Norwegian Child Language

Speaker: Bror-Magnus S. Strand, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway


Intervention meets transfer in raising constructions

Speaker: Noriko  Yoshimura, University of Shizuoka


Are there age of onset effects in vowel discrimination? Evidence from Turkish-German bilingual children

Speaker: Julia Hübner, Universität Osnabrück


Does eL2 learners’ acquisition pace depend on linguistic properties of a phenomenon?

Speaker: Magdalena Wojtecka, Universität des Saarlandes


The Logical Form in the Second Language An Investigation into Quantification in the Japanese-English interlanguage

Speaker: Abdel-Rahman Abu Helal, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee