Work Package 4

English as an L3                  

Leader: Professor Marit Westergaard

This subproject will investigate the L3 English acquired by Norwegian-Slavic and German-Slavic bilinguals. The focus will be on two word order phenomena (V2/inversion, S-Adv), where English parallels Slavic in one case and Norwegian/German in the other, as well as on Determiner use, a notoriously difficult property for Slavic learners. The L2 controls will be investigated in Tromsø, Hamburg and Ivanovo. In addition to considering the size of rules in the process of language transfer (Hypothesis D), this project will challenge the three dominant models in the field. The project will also involve new and exciting theoretical work in collaboration with Roumyana Slabakova, who has recently proposed the Scalpel Model (Slabakova 2015), an independently developed approach to L3 acquisition that is built on similar theoretical foundation as the Linguistic Proximity Model (Mykhaylyk, Mitrofanova, Rodina & Westergaard 2015, in progress).

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