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SLLAT Seminar: Vicky Chondrogianni (Edinburgh)

Date: 12 November 2014 Time: 4.00 pm to 5.30pm

Venue: Bowland North SR14

When L2 children behave like children with language impairment..And when they don't.

Sequential bilingual children, that is children who have been exposed to the second language (L2) after the age of three years, have been shown to pattern similarly with monolingual (L1) children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) (see Paradis, 2010 for an overview). Similarities have been primarily found in the development of morpho-syntax, e.g. tense in English or clitic pronouns in Romance languages. In this talk, I present a series of studies that directly compare typically-developing (TD) L2 children with monolingual children with SLI on the acquisition of different morpho-syntactic phenomena (articles, clitics and gender in Greek, wh-questions in German) using off-line and on-line production and comprehension tasks. The results from these studies point towards distinct profiles in the two populations when performance on comprehension and production tasks is compared. I discuss these results in the context of theories of L2 acquisition and language impairment.

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Organising departments and research centres: Linguistics and English Language, Second Language Learning and Teaching Research Group (SLLAT)


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