Séminaires et journées – semaine

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lundi 6 avril 2020

14h-16h30 – UMR 7023 Structures Formelles du Langage, Paris

Maria Polinsky (Harvard)

Les langues d’héritage
Ce thème, à l’interface entre l’acquisition L1 et L2, le bilinguisme, et l’architecture de la grammaire, est un thème transversal de notre laboratoire.

Some observations on the shape of grammar in heritage languages
Maria Polinsky

A heritage language speaker is defined as an L1 speaker who received limited input in later stages of L1 acquisition and who is more comfortable in another language, typically the dominant language of their society. In the past two decades, interest in heritage languages has stimulated vigorous research in this type of bilingualism, ranging from sociolinguistic investigations to in-depth investigations of heritage-language grammars. This talk will be concerned with the latter line of inquiry. A growing body of research has indicated that heritage speakers and baseline speakers (i.e. speakers of the language that serves as input in heritage-language acquisition) may differ not only in performance but also in underlying representations (so called divergent attainment). In this talk, I will present and analyze several examples of heritage/baseline differences in underlying representations and will then argue that some differences can be predicted on the basis of general princip!
les. The proposed principles can be generalized to apply to other language contact situations that lead to divergent attainment. 

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