25.3272, Calls: Language Acq, Morphology, Syntax, Applied Ling, Psycholing/Belgium

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Subject: 25.3272, Calls: Language Acq, Morphology, Syntax, Applied Ling, Psycholing/Belgium

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Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:55:40
From: Kristof Baten [Kristof.Baten at UGent.be]
Subject: Workshop: L2 Acquisition of Alignment Patterns in Non-European Languages

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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: Kristof.Baten at UGent.be
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:

L2 Acquisition of Alignment Patterns in Non-European Languages: Case and Agreement 

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 in non-European languages. EisenbeiƟ 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. Earlier studies have focused on the acquisition of case and agreement in specific languages: Narasimhan, Budwig and Murty (2005) on Hindi, Ochs (1986) on Samoan, Schieffeling (1981) on Kaluli, among many other studies.

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 - that consider this topic in non-European languages.  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. (References, see http://www.taalwetenschap.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.Baten at UGent.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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