LINGUIST List 27.2811

Fri Jul 01 2016

Confs: Romance, Lang Acq/Spain

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Date: 01-Jul-2016
From: Anna Gavarró <>
Subject: Romance Turn 8
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Romance Turn 8
Short Title: RT8

Date: 29-Sep-2016 - 30-Sep-2016
Location: Bellaterra (Barcelona, Catalonia), Spain
Contact: Anna Gavarró
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Language Family(ies): Romance

Meeting Description:

The Romance Turn brings together researchers from across Europe and overseas with the aim of sharing results and developing further research on the acquisition of Romance languages. Language acquisition studies both in children and adult learners are central to building our understanding of human language and how it develops in the brain. The field has witnessed a continuous growth during the past three decades, with empirical evidence provided by research conducted on the acquisition of Romance languages such as French, Italian, Catalan, Spanish, Romanian and Portuguese. Following the success of previous Romance Turn conferences (Madrid (2004), Utrecht (2006), Southampton (2008), Tours (2010), Lisbon (2012), Mallorca (2014), and Venezia (2015)) the Romance Turn VIII will be held in Bellaterra on 29 and 30 September, hosted by the Centre de Lingüística Teòrica.

Invited speakers for the main session: Anna Cardinaletti (Ca’ Foscari, Venezia) and Julie Franck (Université de Genève)

On this occasion, a workshop will also be held on
The acquisition of information structure: a developmental perspective on its syntax and interface properties
Organised by: Vincenzo Moscati

Invited speakers: Luigi Rizzi & Adriana Belletti

In adult speakers, Information Structure is known to influence both syntactic and phonological phrasing, leading to dedicated word-orders and prosodic contours. Many recent developments in linguistic theory have been motivated by the need to integrate these three systems, and the result is now a better and more cohesive understanding of their interactions. In this sense, a layered organization of the CP-field (Rizzi 1997) and the identification of the cartography of functional projections in the left periphery of the clause, which encode discourse-related categories like Topic or Focus, has proven to be a useful tool to better characterize different types of constituent fronting in Romance Languages. This, combined with the identification of the distinct prosodic contours associated with specific discourse functions, provides a new vantage point to reconsider previous findings and raise new empirical questions.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers interested in the study of information structure in children, specifically those aspects related to syntax and prosody. In a perspective of a cross-linguistic comparison, contributions from languages outside the Romance family are also welcome.


29th September


Invited speaker: Anna Cardinaletti

Joâo Claudio De Lima Júnior, Marina Rosa Ana Augusto and Letícia M. Sicuro Corrêa
On the discrimination of passive predicates in the acquisition of Portuguese

Stephanie Durrleman, Hélène Delage, Philippe Prévost and Laurie Tuller
Passives in French-speaking children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Jason Borga and William Snyder
On French causatives and English passives

Joâo Claudio De Lima Júnior and Letícia M. Sicuro Corrêa
Favorable processing conditions in the production of passive sentences by Brazilian Portuguese speaking children

Anca Sevcenco and Larisa Avram
The role of language specific properties in the acquisition of recursion

Anamaria Bentea and Stephanie Durrleman
Now you hear it, now you don't: number mismatch in the comprehension of relative clauses in French

Eloi Puig-Mayencio, David Miller and Jason Rothman
Catalan/Spanish early bilingualism and grammatical outcome: language dominance as a factor for linguistic convergence

Tania Barberán Recalde
Similarities in monolinguals' and bilinguals' interpretation of two weak Spanish quantifiers algunos 'some' and la mayoría 'most'

Poster Session

Marina Cestari Nardelli and Maria Lobo
Clitic omission in bilingual Portuguese-Spanish acquisition

Gabriele Bianco and Maria Teresa Guasti
Clinical markers of SLI in Italian L2 children with SLI

30th September
Workshop: The Acquisition of Information Structure

Invited speakers: Luigi Rizzi and Adriana Belletti The acquisition of A'-dependencies: Intervention and scope-discourse properties

Maria Lobo, Ana Lúcia Santos, Carla Soares-Jesel and Stéphanie Vaz
Effects of the syntactic structure on the comprehension of clefts

Giorgia Del Puppo
How Italian-speaking children aged 5 to 10 years deal with cleft sentences

Raffi Folli, Christina Sevdali, Alison Henry and Megan Devlin
Clitic right dislocation in multilingual acquisition: it doubling as TP adjunction

Brechje van Osch, Suzanne Aalberse, Aafke Hulk and Petra Sleeman. Topic, focus and unaccusativity determining subject position in Spanish as a heritage language in the Netherlands

Paolo Lorusso
Verb classes and Discourse Anchored Variables in the Acquisition of L1 Italian

Claudia Manetti and Adriana Belletti
Topics and passives in Italian-speaking children and adults

Melanie Elliott and Mihaela Pirvulescu
Very early object clitic omission: how early is too early?

Anna Gavarró and Eduardo Palma
The pragmatics of subject distribution in the acquisition of Catalan

Larisa Avram and Otilia Teodorescu
Antecedent preferences of pronominal subjects in temporal adjuncts: the view from child Romanian

Julio Villa-Garcia and Imanol Suarez-Palma
The acquisition of subjects in the Spanish of simultaneous English-Spanish bilinguals

Invited speaker: Julie Franck Abstract knowledge of word order before age 2

Registration is now open and early registration finishes on July 30.

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