LOT Winter School 2019

RM1 - Working with production data: Comprehension-production (a)symmetries in language acquisition

Elena Tribushinina


Title of the course: RM1 Working with production data: Comprehension-production (a)symmetries in language acquisition

Teacher: Elena Tribushinina

Address: Trans 10, 3512JK Utrecht

Email address: e.tribushinina@uu.nl

website teacher: https://www.uu.nl/medewerkers/ETribushinina/0

Course info
Level: RM1 (First year Research Master Linguistics)

Course description:

Research in language acquisition often uses production data. But what do production data actually tell us? For example, if monolingual toddlers use adjectives correctly, does it mean that they have acquired them? And, conversely, if school-aged children still make gender agreement errors, does it mean that they have not acquired the gender category yet? Bilingual children often make errors that are compatible with the typological properties of their other language. Does it mean that they have deviant language systems in one or both languages? Finally, if child L2 learners make errors that are known to be clinical markers of Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), how can we distinguish between bilingual children with DLD and unimpaired children?

Day-to-day program

Monday: Vocabulary acquisition in toddler years

Tuesday: Production and comprehension of definiteness

Wednesday: The acquisition of grammatical gender

Thursday: Bilingualism and Developmental Language Disorder: Disentailing the profiles

Friday: Cross-language transfer in adult L2 learners

Reading list

Background and preparatory readings:

Blom, E. & Unsworth, S. (Eds.) (2010). Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Sekerina, I., Fernandez, E.M. & Clahsen, H. (Eds.) (2008). Developmental Psycholinguistics: On-line Methods in Children’s Language Processing. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Wei, L. & Moyer, M.G. (Eds.) (2008). The Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Bilingualism and Multilingualism. Oxford: Blackwell.

Course readings (obligatory):

Lecture 1:

Arunachalam, S. (2016). A new experimental paradigm to study children’s processing of their parent’s unscripted language input. Journal of Memory and Language, 88, 104-116.

Lecture 2:

Lecture 3:

Brouwer, S., Sprenger, S. & Unsworth, S. (2017). Processing grammatical gender in Dutch: Evidence from eye movements. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 159, 50–65.

Lecture 4:

Mak, W.M., Tribushinina, E., Lomako, J., Gagarina, N., Abrosova, E. and Sanders. T. (2017). Connective processing by bilingual children and monolinguals with specific language impairment: Distinct profiles. Journal of Child Language, 44, 329−345.

Lecture 5:

Tokowicz, N. & MacWhinney, B. (2005). Implicit and explicit measures of sensitivity to violations in second language grammar: An event-related potential investigation. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 27, 173–204.