Filozofski fakultet

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Poziv na predavanje prof. Jasona Rothmana i prof. Jennifer Cabrelli-Amaro

Odsjek za anglistiku poziva sve zainteresirane studente i nastavnike na zajedničko predavanje prof. Jasona Rothmana (University of Reading; the Arctic University of Norway ) i prof. Jennifer Cabrelli Amaro  (University of Illinois at Chicago) pod naslovom ”Third language acquisition: Initial transfer and developmental processes”. Predavanje će se održati u srijedu, 13. lipnja 2018. u 10.00 sati u Konferencijskoj dvorani Knjižnice Filozofskog fakulteta (drugi kat). Više informacija pod opširnije.


O predavačima:

Jason Rothman is Professor of Psycholinguistics and Multilingualism at the University of Reading (UK) and Professor of Linguistics at UiT the Arctic University in Norway.  He is editor of the journal Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism (LAB) and the book series Studies in Bilingualism (SiBIL). He has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles on topics related to language acquisitiion and processing in children and adult monolingualism, bilingualism and multilingualism.  

Jennifer Cabrelli Amaro is an Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics and Director of the Multilingual Phonology Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is Editor of the book series Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics (John Benjamins). Her research centers on adult acquisition and attrition of phonology, and current work focuses on longitudinal development of phonology and morphosyntax in third language acquisition.


Sažetak izlaganja:                        

The recent upturn in formal approaches to third language (L3) acquisition is due in great part to an increase in recognition of how this line of research can inform theories of multilingualism and language acquisition more generally. The primary focus has been on the phenomenon of selective transfer at the L3 initial stages and the mechanisms that drive the transfer of one system over another when the learner has multiple systems (i.e., the L1 and L2) available. As will be seen, while initial progressive (L1/L2 → L3) transfer makes up the bulk of this field of inquiry, it is just one phenomenon that we can investigate to better understand the dynamic nature of multilingualism. Another question of interest regards what happens in L3 development after initial non-facilitative transfer, and specifically what the roles of the L1 and L2 are in development. Additionally, examination of L3 influence on the L1 compared with the L2 can inform longstanding debates regarding differences between early-acquired versus late-acquired systems.

In this talk, we address L3 transfer as a bidirectional developmental phenomenon via the investigation of L1 English/L2 Spanish and L1 Spanish/L2 English bilinguals that are learners of L3 Brazilian Portuguese (BP). First, we discuss existing research on initial transfer and present morphosyntactic data in support of L3 initial stages transfer driven by structural similarity. Second, we compare the persistence of non-facilitative transfer between the two groups. Third, we review findings from a study on the (in)stability of L1 vs. L2 Spanish systems, followed by a discussion of how these developmental pieces can be put together.