[lg policy] calls: Languages in Contact: Cross-linguistic Influence

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 15 14:51:02 UTC 2010

Languages in Contact: Cross-linguistic Influence

Date: 27-May-2010 - 29-May-2010
Location: Wuppertal, Germany
Contact: Lastenia Arencibia Guerra
Contact Email: arencibiuni-wuppertal.de
Meeting URL: http://www.lic.uni-wuppertal.de

Meeting Description:

In recent years there has been intense interest in examining
hypotheses that may
account for why in the process of acquiring two languages from birth (2L1) some
areas of the grammar are more or less vulnerable to cross-linguistic influence.
It has been proposed that influence may be induced by the mapping of universal
principles onto language-specific principles, by ambiguity in the input, by an
inclination to make the languages converge, by structural competition between
the languages, by an unbalanced dominance of the two languages, by frequency
factors, by differing conceptualizations, by structural 'locality'. The
participants in the proposed colloquium examine the validity of the hypotheses
offered to account for cross-linguistic influence, their commonalities and
differences, with the aim of contributing to the development of a systematic
account of the factors that promote this influence (e.g., grammatical domain,
language dominance, language combination). To this end, the participants
consider a wide range of studies dealing with cross-linguistic influence and
present their own analyses of 'vulnerable structures' in a
representative sample
of various combinations of typologically different languages, including Dutch,
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish.

27th May

9:00- 9:15

9:15- 9:30
Welcome and opening remarks

Cross-lingusitc Influence: ser--estar:

9:30 - 10:30
Introductory talk: Carmen Silva-Corvalán (University of Southern California):
''Cross-linguistic Influence in Spanish-English Bilinguals: Are ser and estar

10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break

11:00 - 12:00
Karen Zagona (University of Washington): ''The ser/estar Alternation: Syntactic
and Semantic Factors ''

12:00 - 12:30
Laia Arnaus Gil (University of Wuppertal): ''The Acquisition of ser
and estar in
German-Spanish Children''

12:30 - 13:30

Cross- linguistic Influence: ser-estar and Grammatical Gender:

13:30 - 14:30
Raquel Fernández Fuertes (University of Valladolid) & Juana M. Liceras
(University of Ottawa): ''Subjects and Copulas: the Directionality of

14:30 - 15:00
Nadine Eichler (University of Wuppertal): ''Gender Assignment in Switched DPs:
German-Italian, German-French, German-Spanish, Italian-French Children''

15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break

15:30 - 16:30
'Pascual Masullo (University of Bariloche, Argentinien): ''Variable vs.
Intrinsic Features: Gender and Number in Spanish''

16:30 - 17:30
Elena Nicoladis (University of Alberta): ''Dominance Doesn't Always Predict
Cross-linguistic Transfer: Evidence from French-English Bilinguals ''

19:00 -
Conference Dinner

28th May

9:00- 10:00
Introductory talk: Aafke Hulk & Sharon Unsworth (University of Utrecht):
''Cross-linguistic Influence Revisited''

10:00 - 10:30
Coffee break

Null- subjects in Bilingual First Language Acquisition:

10:30 - 11:30
Francesca Filiaci (University of Edinburgh): ''A Cross-linguistic Comparison of
Anaphoric Null and Overt Subjects in Italian and Spanish ''

11:30 - 12:30
Ludovica Serratrice (University of Manchester): ''Bilingual Children's
Interpretation of Pronominal Subjects in Italian: the Role of Language of the
Community and of Language Combination''

12:30 - 13:30

Null- subjects in Bilingual First Language Acquisition and Heritage Speakers:

13:30 - 14:30
''Eugenia Casielles-Suárez (Wayne State University): ''Vulnerable Subjects in
Bilingual First Language Acquisition''

14:30 - 15:00
''Marisa Patuto (University of Wuppertal): ''The Acquisition of Subjects in
Bilingual German-Italian and German-Spanish Children''

15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break

15:30 - 16:30
Tanja Kupisch (University of Hamburg): ''Generic Subjects in Simultaneously
Bilingual Adults (German/Italian)''

16:30 - 17:30
Pedro Guijarro-Fuentes (University of Plymouth): ''Language Transmission in
English-Spanish Bilingual Families in the UK''

17:30 - 18:30
Patrick A. Bolger (University of Alberta): ''Psycholinguistic Approaches to
Language Processing in Heritage Speakers''

20:00 -

29th May

Cross-linguistic Influence in Bilingual Children and Individual Variation: Word

9:00- 10:00
Petra Bernardini (University of Lund): ''Transfer in the Contact between French
and Italian? Evidence from the Acquisition of Object Clitics in L2 and 2L1''

10:00 - 10:30
Valentina Repetto (University of Naples/ Wuppertal): ''The Interaction between
Word Order and Information Structure in Bilingual Italian- German
Acquisition: a
Case Study''

10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break

11:00 - 12:00
Rosemarie Tracy (University of Mannheim): ''Cross-linguistic (Mis-)alignment:
Empirical and Theoretical Challenges''

12:00 - 13:00
Kay González (University of Illinois): ''Light Verbs in Code-switching''

13:00 - 13:30
Final discussion and farewell

The Organising Committee:

Prof. Dr. Natascha Müller (University of Wuppertal)
Lastenia Arencibia Guerra (University of Wuppertal)

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