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Full Title: Workshop: L2 Acquisition of Alignment Patterns in Non-European Languages

Location: Ghent, Belgium
Start Date: 05-Feb-2015 - 06-Feb-2015
Contact: Kristof Baten
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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

Invited keynote speaker: Dr. Silvina Montrul (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax
LL Issue: 25.2623

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