LINGUIST List 12.1818

Fri Jul 13 2001

Confs: Acquisition Perspectives on Interfaces

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  1. B. Hollebrandse, Acquisition Perspectives on Interfaces - Workshop, Utrecht Univ

Message 1: Acquisition Perspectives on Interfaces - Workshop, Utrecht Univ

Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2001 12:48:03 +0200
From: B. Hollebrandse <>
Subject: Acquisition Perspectives on Interfaces - Workshop, Utrecht Univ

Workshop: "Acquisition Perspectives on Interfaces"
date: September 7 and 8
location: Utrecht Universtiy

organized by: the NWO research program: "Interface Issues in L1 
and L2 Acquisition"

registration and information: contact Bart Hollebrandse at


The topic of the workshop is a central issue in recent 
linguistic research that presupposes modular structure of the 
systems underlying linguistic knowledge and language use. 
According to this approach, speakers of a language dispose of a 
grammar consisting of several modules: syntax, semantics, and 
phonology. Moreover, they dispose of a pragmatic system. The 
interaction between the three grammatical modules, as well as the 
interaction of these modules with the pragmatic system is referred 
to as 'interface'. 

In L1 acquisition all modules and the interfaces develop 
simultaneously. The first question that will be addressed in the 
workshop concerns the way in which, in L1 acquisition, the 
pragmatics-syntax interface and the semantics-syntax interface 
develop. In L2 acquisition the language-specific modules and 
interfaces of the L2 develop next to the L1. However, not all 
modules have the same status. Whereas pragmatic and semantic 
features are supposed to have a universal character, the syntax 
expressing these features is partly language-specific. The second 
question the workshop addresses is how, in L2 acquisition, the 
pragmatic and the semantic modules that have already been 
acquired in the L1 obtain an interface with the L2 syntax. The 
third issue that will be addressed in the workshop are the testing 
methods that are most appropriate to investigate questions of this 
nature for L1 and L2 acquisition

Roger Schwarzschild (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA) 
Henri�tte de Swart (Utrecht University) 
Enric Vallduv� (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain)
Ken Drozd (University of Aarhus, Denmark) 
Henri�tte Hendriks (Cambridge University, UK) 
Martha Young-Scholten (University of Durham, UK) 
Anne Vainikka (Cognitive Science, John Hopkins, Baltimore)

Peter Coopmans (Utrecht University) 
Ger de Haan (Groningen University)
Roeland van Hout (Tilburg University/Nijmegen University)
Aafke Hulk (University of Amsterdam)
Peter Jordens (Free University Amsterdam)
Astrid Ferdinands (University of Amsterdam)
Petra Bos (Free University of Amsterdam)
Bart Hollebrandse (Utrecht University/Groningen Universities)

Bart Hollebrandse
Letteren/Dutch Department UiL OTS
University of Groningen University of Utrecht
Postbus 716 Trans 10
9700 AS Groningen 3515 JK Utrecht
The Netherlands The Netherlands

phone: +31 50 3635632 +31 30 2538176
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