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LINGUIST List 25.3272

Thu Aug 14 2014

Calls: Language Acq, Morphology, Syntax, Applied Ling, Psycholing/Belgium

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Date: 14-Aug-2014
From: Kristof Baten UGent.be>
Subject: L2 Acquisition of Alignment Patterns in Non-European Languages: Case and Agreement
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Full Title: Workshop: L2 Acquisition of Alignment Patterns in Non-European Languages

Date: 05-Feb-2015 - 06-Feb-2015
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Contact Person: Kristof Baten
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.taalwetenschap.ugent.be/workshop/L2alignment

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2014

Meeting Description:

Case and agreement are some of the most challenging topics for linguistic research, and not in the least for acquisition theories. In L1 acquisition, there has been a recent surge in research activities on case and agreement patterns. Eisenbeiß et al. (2012) provide a general overview of empirical studies and theoretical perspectives on L1 acquisition of case. Bavin and Stoll (2014) present studies focusing on the acquisition of the ergative pattern by bilingual and monolingual children in a variety of typologically diverse languages.

In comparison to the multitude of L1 studies, little research has been done on the acquisition of alignment patterns in the field of Second Language Acquisition (SLA). To date, only a few studies exist – at least to our knowledge. Montrul et al. (2012) examined the acquisition (and possible loss) of morphosyntactic features, such as case and agreement, in heritage speakers of Hindi. Similar research has been done with foreign language learners by Baten and Verbeke (subm.) on Hindi and Charters (subm.) and Muagututi’a (2010) on Samoan. In addition, single studies exist on Basque (Rodríguez-Ordóñez, 2013), Finnish (Spoelman & Verspoor, 2010), German (Baten, 2013) and Russian (Kempe & MacWhinney, 1998). The aim of the workshop is to share and compare the research findings of typologically divers languages. (References, see http://www.general-linguistics.ugent.be/references)

Invited keynote speaker: Dr. Silvina Montrul (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

2nd Call for Papers:

In the light of this background, we organize a workshop on L2 acquisition of alignment patterns. The focus will be on case and agreement. Our aim is to bring together the research findings of the different L2 acquisition studies that deal with case and agreement in typologically diverse languages. We are seeking papers that address these issues either in foreign language learners, (child and adult) L2 learners, or heritage learners. The workshop will be held at the linguistics department of Ghent University (Belgium). English will be the working language of the workshop.

Please send abstracts proposals of appr. 350 words to Kristof.BatenUGent.be by 15 Sept 2014. Works in progress and proposals describing potential novel directions/approaches are all welcome.

Notification of acceptance: 15 Oct 2014.


Kristof Baten
Eva De Clercq
Saartje Verbeke
Klaas Willems

Linguistics Department / Department of Languages and Cultures

Website: http://www.general-linguistics.ugent.be/workshop/L2alignment

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