PhD seminar: L2/L3/Ln acquisition (spring 2018)

This acquisition seminar will give an introduction to central work carried out in the LAVA research group, with a focus on L2 and L3/Ln acquisition. The seminar will be organized as three two-day meetings, taught by Jason Rothman/Dave Miller, Marit Westergaard/Holger Hopp and Roumyana Slabakova.

Course requirement: Scholarly paper, approximately 5000 words, due June 1, 2018

MEETING 1: Jason Rothman/Dave Miller
January 25, 10:15-12:00, 14:15-16:00 (Room E0104)
January 26, 10:15-12:00, 14:15-16:00 (Room E0104)


Rothman, J. & Slabakova, R. (2017) The Generative Approach SLA and Its Place in Modern Second Language Studies. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 1-26, doi: 10.1017/S0272263117000134

Roberts, L., González Alonso, J. & Pliatsikas, C., Rothman, J.  (2018).  Evidence from Neurolinguistic Methodologies: Can it Actually Inform Linguistic/ Language Acquisition Theories and Translate to Evidence-Based Applications?  Second Language Research, 125-143, doi: 10.1177/0267658316644010

Alemán- Bañón, J., Miller, D. & Rothman, J. (2017). Morphological Variability in Second Language Learners: An Examination of Electrophysiological and Production Data.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition43(10), 1509-1536, doi: 10.1037/xlm0000394

Alemán- Bañón, J. & Rothman, J. (2016). Markedness constraints on processing of gender agreement in monolingual Spanish: ERPs support for a computational account of variability. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience 31, 1273-1298, doi: 10.1080/23273798.2016.1218032

González Alonso, J. & Rothman, J. (2017).  Coming of Age in L3 Initial Stages Transfer Models: Deriving Developmental Predictions and Looking towards the Future. International Journal of Bilingualism 21, 683-698, doi: 10.1177/1367006916649265

Rothman, J., Alemán- Bañón, J., González Alonso, J.  (2015) Neurolinguistic measures of typological effects in multilingual transfer: Introducing an ERP methodologyFrontiers in Psychology, 6:1087, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01087

MEETING 2: Marit Westergaard and Holger Hopp
March 15, 10:15-12:00 (Room E0105), 14:15-16:00 (Room E0104)
March 16, 10:15-12:00, 14:15-16:00 (Room E0104)


Jensen, Isabel N., Roumyana Slabakova & Marit Westergaard. 2017. ‘The Bottleneck Hypothesis in L2 acquisition: A study of L1 Norwegian speakers’ knowledge of syntax and morphology in L2 English.’ Proceedings of BUCLD 41, 333-346. Download here.

Westergaard, Marit, Natalia Mitrofanova, Roksolana Mykhaylyk and Yulia Rodina. 2016. ‘Crosslinguistic influence in the acquisition of a third language: The Linguistic Proximity Model.’ International Journal of Bilingualism DOI: 10.1177/1367006916648859

Hopp, H. (2016). Learning (not) to predict: Grammatical gender processing in adult L2 acquisition. Second Language Research, 32(2), 277–307. DOI: 10.1177/0267658315624960

Hopp. H. (in press). The bilingual mental lexicon in L2 sentence processing. Second Language.

Lemmerth, N. & Hopp, H. (in press). Gender processing in simultaneous and successive bilingual children: Effects of lexical and syntactic cross-linguistic influence. Language Acquisition. DOI: 10.1080/10489223.2017.1391815

Hopp, H., Kieseier, T., Vogelbacher, M., & Thoma, D. (in press). Cognitive and linguistic profiles in early foreign language vocabulary and grammar. In A. Steinlen & T. Piske (Eds.). Cognition and Second Language Acquisition. Tübingen: Narr.

Jackson, C. N., Massaro, A., & Hopp, H. (2017). The impact of L1 structural frequency and cognate status on the timing of L2 production. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 29(5), 535–550. DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2017.1299156

Rankin, T., Grüter, T., & Hopp, H. (in press). Investigating co-activation of L1 syntax during processing of wh-questions: eye-tracking evidence from L1 German-L2 English. In A. Dudley, A. Wallington, & J. Corbet (Eds.) Proceedings of Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA) 14. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars.

Hopp, H. (2017). Cross-linguistic lexical and syntactic co-activation in L2 sentence processing. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 7(1), 96–130. DOI: 10.1075/lab.14027.hop

MEETING 3: Roumyana Slabakova
April 12, 10:15-12:00, 14:15-16:00 (Room C1003)
April 13, 10:15-12:00, 14:15-16:00 (Room C1003)


Slabakova, R., White, L. and Brambatti Guzzo, N. (2017). Pronoun interpretation in the second language: effects of computational complexity. Frontiers in psychology, 8, 1236. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01236 (open access)

Leal, T., Slabakova, R. and Farmer, T. (2017). The fine-tuning of linguistic expectations over the course of L2 learning. Studies in second language acquisition, 35(2), 353–387. Doi: 10.1017/S0272263116000164

Leal, T. and Slabakova, R. (articles in press) the relationship between L2 instruction, exposure, and the l2 acquisition of a syntax-discourse property in L2 Spanish. Language teaching research.

Shimanskaya, E. & Slabakova, R. (2017). Re-assembling objects: A new look at the L2 acquisition of pronominal clitics.  Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 20(3), 512–529. Doi: 10.1017/S1366728915000784

Shimanskaya, E. and Slabakova, R. (articles in press). L1–L2 differences in the L2 classroom: Anticipating Anglophone learners’ difficulties with French pronoun interpretation. Language Teaching Research.

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