LINGUIST List 33.3038

Tue Oct 04 2022

Confs: Language Acquisition/France

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <everettlinguistlist.org>



Date: 03-Oct-2022
From: Elena Soare <esoareuniv-paris8.fr>
Subject: Heritage Language Syntax 3
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Heritage Language Syntax 3
Short Title: HLS3


Date: 20-Oct-2022 - 21-Oct-2022
Location: Paris, France
Contact: Elena Soare
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: https://sites.google.com/view/hls2022/home

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Meeting Description:

Heritage Language Syntax is a workshop initiated at the University of Utrecht by Roberta D’Alessandro within the ERC Microcontact, with the aim of investigating the syntactic properties of heritage grammars.

This third (and first in-presence) edition of Heritage Language Syntax will be organised in Paris within the IRN Heritage Languages in Europe (coordinator Elena Soare, University of Paris 8 & CNRS).

In this edition, we seek to investigate the issue of complexity in the syntax of heritage languages. It is often assumed that these grammars are “simplified”, or even incomplete, but there is good evidence that in certain conditions heritage speakers prefer complex or more marked constructions to simpler ones.

The interest in the study of Heritage Languages has been increasing over two decades (starting in the United States and progressively developing more recently in Europe). This is due, among other things, to the fact that they provide a unique window into the mechanisms of language change and the functioning of the bilingual brain in specific conditions. Among the existing studies, some have focused on the structural properties of heritage grammars.

Heritage Language Syntax is a workshop initiated at the University of Utrecht by Roberta D’Alessandro within the ERC Microcontact (https://microcontact.sites.uu.nl/hls-2/), with the aim of investigating the syntactic properties of heritage grammars.

This third (and first in-presence) edition of Heritage Language Syntax will be organized in Paris within the IRN Heritage Languages in Europe (coordinator Elena Soare, University of Paris 8 & CNRS): https://www.umr7023.cnrs.fr/les-langues-dheritage-en-france

In this edition, we seek to investigate the issue of complexity in the syntax of heritage languages. It is often assumed that these grammars are “simplified”, or even incomplete, but there is good evidence that in certain conditions heritage speakers prefer complex or more marked constructions to simpler ones.

We encourage contributions that address the following questions (but not only):
- how can we define and measure complexity in heritage languages?
- what does it mean for a grammar to be “simple” or “incomplete”?
- under what conditions are complex structures avoided by heritage speakers? under what conditions are complex structures preferred by heritage speakers?
- what are the properties of reduced/tenseless domains (infinitives, gerunds, simple roots) in heritage grammars?
- how do heritage grammars inform linguistic theory on categorization?
- what can be said about the interplay between syntactic complexity and processing costs?

Invited speakers:
Maria Polinsky (University of Maryland, College Park)
Silvina Montrul (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Greg Scontras (University of California, Irvine)
Esther Rinke (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)
Terje Lohndal (UiT The Arctic University of Norway)

Organizing committee:
Elena Soare (Université Paris 8 & CNRS)
Alexandru Mardale (Inalco & CNRS)
Gabriela Bîlbîie (Universitatea din Bucuresti & CNRS)
Larisa Avram (Universitatea din Bucuresti)
Oana Lungu (Nantes Université & CNRS)

Sponsor and partners:
This workshop is part of the IRN Heritage Languages in Europe, funded by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and hosted by the lab Structures Formelles du Langage & Université Paris 8.

Program:

The program of the 3rd Workshop on Heritage Language Syntax is online at https://sites.google.com/view/hls2022/program (Paris times). If interested in attending via zoom, please contact Elena Soare (esoare at univ-paris8.fr).




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