LINGUIST List 26.2478

Wed May 13 2015

Confs: Language Acquisition, Morphology, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, Syntax/UK

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Date: 12-May-2015
From: Petros Karatsareas <>
Subject: Morphosyntactic Interference in Heritage Languages
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Morphosyntactic Interference in Heritage Languages

Date: 11-Jun-2015 - 11-Jun-2015
Location: Bristol, United Kingdom
Contact: Petros Karatsareas
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Morphology; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax

Meeting Description:


Petros Karatsareas (University of the West of England & Open University of Cyprus)
Jeanette Sakel (University of the West of England)

Invited Speaker: Professor Jason Rothman (University of Reading & UiT The Arctic University of Norway)

We are delighted to announce a one-day workshop on “Morphosyntactic interference in heritage languages” to be held at the Bristol Centre for Linguistics, University of the West of England, Bristol on Thursday 11 June 2015 (11:00 – 18:00).

Heritage speakers are typically the children of immigrants who are born in their parents’ host country. They normally grow up acquiring the language of their parents’ country of origin at home until they start attending school, at which time they start acquiring the majority language of the host country. Gradually, they become more fluent in the latter, limiting the use of the former to the interaction with family and friends from the same socioethnic background.

Research has shown that this acquisitional trajectory distinguishes heritage speakers from both L1 acquirers and L2 learners (see in particular Benmamoun et al. 2013, Montrul 2008, Polinsky & Kagan 2007 and references therein). On the one hand, heritage speakers are exposed to the heritage language for most of their childhood, thus acquiring a significant part of its grammar on a par with native speakers. On the other hand, the stark reduction of domains in which the heritage language is used and the consequent interruption of their acquisition results in a type of linguistic competence reminiscent of L2 learners. The interrupted acquisition of the heritage language, possible subsequent attrition, and interference from the majority language gradually leads to the formation of heritage grammars characterised by innovations on all levels, from phonology and morphology to syntax and semantics.


10:00 – 10:15
Petros Karatsareas (UWE) & Jeanette Sakel (UWE)
Welcome Session

10:15 – 10:45
Artemis Alexiadou (University of Stuttgart), Terje Lohndal (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) & Marit Westergaard (UiT The Arctic University of Norway)
The Category of Gender in Heritage Grammars

10:45 – 11:15
Irina Krüger (University of Stuttgart) & Artemis Alexiadou (University of Stuttgart)
Aspect in Heritage Russian: A Comparative Approach

11:15 – 11: 45
Elif Bamyacı (University of Cologne)
“Non-Native-Like” yet “UG-Compatible” Patterns in the Grammar of Heritage Bilingual Speakers

11:45 – 12:00 Coffee Break

12:00 – 12:30
Gyanam Mahajan (UCLA)
Dative and Ergative Subjects in Hindi-Urdu Heritage Learners

12:30 – 13:00
Izolda Wolski-Moskoff (The Ohio State University)
Knowledge of the Vocative Case in Polish Heritage Speakers

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break

14:30 – 15:00
Sandra Birzer (Hamburg University)
The Usage of the Cardinals odin ‘one’ and dva ‘two’ by Speakers of Heritage Russian in Germany

15:00 – 15:30
Julia Hofweber (University of Reading)
Are Heritage Speakers More “switched on”? Comparing Code-Switching and Related Morphosyntactic Interference Patterns Amongst German-English L2 Users and 6th Generation Heritage Speakers of Springbok German

15:30 – 16:00
Lameen Souag (LACITO, CNRS – Paris-3 – Inalco) & Marijn van Putten (University of Leiden)
Verbal Inflection Interference Among Heritage Speakers of Awjili Ber-ber

16:00 – 16:15 Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:45
Invited speakerJason Rothman (University of Reading & UiT, The Arctic Uni-versity of Norway)
Terminology Matters: Why Difference Does Not Mean Deficiency or Incompleteness in Heritage Language Acquisition

17:45 – 18:00
Petros Karatsareas (UWE) & Jeanette Sakel (UWE)
Closing Session

Dinner (venue TBC)

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