Weak Vocabulary = Lots of Gestures? Evidence from Bilingual Children

Speaker: Elena Nicoladis

Friday, March 19, 2021 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Online, via Zoom

Children's Acquisition of Sociolinguistic Variation

Speaker: Karen Miller

Friday, March 05, 2021 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Online, via Zoom

The Missing Link: Perceived Accents in German / Russian School Children

Speaker: Tanja Kupisch

Friday, February 26, 2021 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Online, via Zoom

Gender agreement and gender assignment in heritage grammars

Speaker: Maria Polinsky,  University of Maryland

Friday, November 20, 2020 2:00 pm
Online, via Zoom
This talk presents and analyzes differences in gender agreement between heritage languages and the baseline. Within the realm of morphology, gender agreement is among the often-cited areas of divergence between heritage and baseline speakers. In contrast, agreement in person is rarely problematic in heritage languages. After presenting empirical data illustrating this divergence, I will address the following questions: (1) what can explain the asymmetry between the features [person] and [gender] in heritage grammar agreement? (2) what is the status of the feature [number] in heritage grammars? In the process of addressing these questions, I will additionally consider whether the heritage data shed new light on existing theories of morphological gender and of the lexicon more broadly.