Workshop 4 - Acquisition of Syntax in Close Varieties
Date: Saturday 6 April, 2013 Organizers:Petra Bernardini, Jonas Granfelt, Gisela Håkansson,Tanja Kupisch (all at Lund University) Contact:Tanja KupischInvited speaker:Jason Rothman, University of Florida Deadline for submission: November 15, 2012 Notification of acceptance: January 20, 2013 Submission of abstracts:EasyChair
- Much work in the acquisition of syntax and morphology has focused on cross-linguistic differences and/or cross-linguistic influence in two or more typologicallydistinct languages. Acquisition scenarios and comparative studies of typologically similar languages are a comparatively under-researched area, although they raise a number of questions, which have, so far, not been answered or not even been addressed:
- How does the acquisition of two typologically similar languages or varieties differ from the acquisition of two typologically distinct languages?
- Does typological similarity facilitate or inhibit acquisition?
- In which developmental stage or at what proficiency level is facilitation or inhibition expected to occur?
- Does typological similarity prevent language attrition and incomplete acquisition? (Polinsky 1997, Montrul 2008)
- Does typological similarity inhibit language separation in bilingual first language development, as expected under the Autonomy Hypothesis (Meisel 1989, Genesee 1989)?
- As for factors determining cross-linguistic influence, can typological proximity override language dominance or proficiency?
- Is perceived typological similarity (Kellermann 1983) more important than linguistic typological similarity? (Rothman 2011)
- Which (additional) methodological challenges does research on typologically similar languages pose?