LINGUIST List 21.3477

Tue Aug 31 2010

Confs: Applied Ling, Lang Acquisition/UK

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        1.    Emmanuelle Labeau, Simultaneity in Adult Second Language Acquisition

Message 1: Simultaneity in Adult Second Language Acquisition
Date: 31-Aug-2010
From: Emmanuelle Labeau <>
Subject: Simultaneity in Adult Second Language Acquisition
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Simultaneity in Adult Second Language Acquisition

Date: 18-Apr-2011 - 20-Apr-2011 Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom Contact: Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig Contact Email: Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Meeting Description:

Panel 2: Simultaneity in Adult Second Language Acquisition Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig, Hyun-Jin Kim (Indiana University), Inès Saddour, Qiaochao Zhang (Aston University)

Theme and Purpose of the Panel:

This panel explores the expression and development of simultaneity in adult second language acquisition. Simultaneity can be defined as 'Two events, processes, or states are simultaneous if they share a value on the time axis. Temporal boundaries need not coincide' (Aksu-Koç, & von Stutterheim, 1994, p. 397). Many configurations of simultaneity are possible (including complete overlap, complete inclusion, identical starting points, identical endpoints, and nonidentical start- and endpoints which are not contained). Until recently, simultaneity has not received the attention enjoyed by sequentiality and imperfectivity in either acquisition and general TMA studies. It is noteworthy that simultaneity does not appear in the indices of major tense-aspect reference works. Aksu-Koç and von Stutterheim's (1994) groundbreaking study of simultaneity in L1 narrative development showed that although languages have different morphological means of indicating simultaneity (including progressive, perfective, or none), all languages have lexical, adverbial, perceptual, and discourse means. Additionally, narrative structure, including number of protagonists, influences expression of simultaneity and the interpretation of simultaneous events as background or foreground.

The few studies available in second language acquisition research have investigated combinations of first and second languages where the L1 has a reduced system of morphology compared to the L2 (L1 German, L2 Czech) and where they are relatively similar (L1 English, L2 Czech; Schmiedtová, 2004), and where means are primarily lexical in the L1 (L1 French, L2 English; Leclercq, 2007, 2008, 2009). In this panel we expand the investigation of target languages, means of eliciting data, and L1-L2 combinations including the acquisition of an L2 with lexical means of indicating simultaneity and an L1 rich in verbal morphology (L1 Arabic, L2 French) and an L2 with both resultative and progressive (L1 English, L2 Korean). This panel anticipates up to five contributions on the acquisition of L2 simultaneity in both Indo-European and Asian target languages (Catalan, Chinese, English, French, and Korean) from a variety of first languages, including Arabic, English, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

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