CfP: L2 acquisition of alignment patterns in non-European languages: Case and agreement / Ghent University, 6-7 February 2015

Saartje Verbeke Saartje.Verbeke at UGENT.BE
Thu Jun 19 06:05:55 UTC 2014

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L2 acquisition of alignment patterns in non-European languages: Case and

Location:              Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Start Date:          6-FEB-2015 – 7-FEB-2015

Contact:               Kristof.Baten at; Saartje.Verbeke at


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 in non-European languages. 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. 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 (1985)
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 

Invited Keynote speaker: Silvina Montrul (University of Illinois at


Call for papers:

In the light of this background, we organize a workshop on L2 acquisition of
alignment patterns in non-European languages. The focus will be on case and
agreement. 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

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

Notification of acceptance: 15 Oct 2014.

Organizers:         Kristof Baten; Eva De Clercq; Saartje Verbeke; Klaas

                                Linguistics Department / Department of
Languages and Cultures


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