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Friday 8 September, 2017


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

Speaker: Julia Hübner, Universität Osnabrück

Authors: Julia Hübner, Angela Grimm

This study examined how age of onset (AoO) and length of exposure (LoE) to a second language (L2) affects the processing of vowel contrasts in early second language (eL2, AoO=2-4) learners. Results of an Eye Tracking study with Turkish-German simultaneous bilingual children and two groups of eL2 learners aged 8 and 10 years are presented. We examined, (Q1) whether eL2 learners differ from age-matched 2L1 learners in the processing of vowel contrasts, and (Q2) if the discrimination of eL2 learners improves with increasing exposure to the L2. Results indicate persistent difficulties for eL2 learners processing non-native vowel contrasts though early AoO. The performances improved with exposure to the L2, however, even after nearly the same LoE as the 2L1 learners, the eL2 children still showed a different processing pattern. Our findings suggest that - at least up to the age of 10 - length of exposure can hardly overrule age of onset effects.

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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


Do L2 lexical and syntactic development go hand in hand?

Speaker: Vivienne Rogers, Swansea University


Intervention meets transfer in raising constructions

Speaker: Noriko  Yoshimura, University of Shizuoka


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