Workshop: Acquisition at the Interface

Workshop: Acquisition at the Interface

Monday October 22 - Tuesday October 23, 2012

Venue: E0101 & E0105 

*call for abstracts [closed]*

Registration starts at 9AM, Monday, October 22nd.

NEW: Abstracts for the program are available here.


A complete program can be viewed from below:

Organizing committee

Roksolana Mykhaylyk and Merete Anderssen


Workshop description

It has been suggested that language learners might have particular difficulties acquiring linguistic phenomena at some linguistic interfaces (i.e., syntax-pragmatics), but not at others (e.g., syntax-semantics or morphology-phonology). Two influential hypotheses have been advanced in order to explain these difficulties in bilingual and L2 acquisition, i.e., the Interface Hypothesis (Sorace 2011; Tsimpli et al. 2004) and the Cross-linguistic Influence Hypothesis (Hulk & Müller 2000). These accounts have prompted a number of studies testing the general proposals with several language combinations and various linguistic phenomena.

This two-day workshop with the proponents of the main hypotheses and their followers (or opponents) will allow us to discuss a number of questions about the role of interfaces in acquisition: How do various language learners acquire linguistic phenomena pertaining to interfaces? Is there a difference between first language acquisition, child bilingual acquisition and adult second language learning of the same phenomena? Which interfaces are more/less vulnerable? What is the difference between intra-linguistic interfaces (e.g., morphology-semantics) and extra-linguistic interfaces (e.g., syntax-pragmatics)? Could these differences be extended to the general issue of the ‘mind and context’?


Invited speakers

  • Holger Hopp (University of Mannheim, Germany)
  • Natascha Müller (University of Wuppertal, Germany)
  • Jason Rothman (University of Florida, USA/University of Ottawa, Canada)
  • Ianthi Tsimpli (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • Elena Tkachenko (Oslo University College, Norway)

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