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					                                                        Syntax and Morphology in L1 & L2 Acquisition x
                                                                             Dr. Sharon Armon-Lotem

                  Syntax and Morphology in L1 & L2 Acquisition
                            Dr. Sharon Armon-Lotem
Description: The course will focus on morphology and syntax across languages in
monolingual and bilingual acquisition, starting with early acquisition of words and phrase
structure, inflectional morphology (for tense, aspect and agreement), and continuing with
later syntactic and morphological acquisition. The course compares the process of normal
first language acquisition to the process observed in natural second language acquisition,
discussing related theoretical issues. Each of these topics will be used to give some
insight to a different research methodology used in this field.

Prerequisites: Syntax 287/987, 522/922

Requirements: Reading for each topic
              Attendance and Participation
              Presentation (30%)
              Seminar paper (70%)

Topic                                              Reading
 Linguistic knowledge                              Background - Crain & Lillo-Martin 1999
 General Issues in Bilingualism
 Early verbs & argument structure in L1 & L2       Tomasello & Kruger 1992

 Syntactic vs. semantic bootstrapping              Grimshaw 1994

 Inflectional morphology in L1 & L2                Marcus 1995
                                                   Xu & Pinker 1995

 Derivational morphology in L1& L2                 Clark & Berman 1984
                                                   Berman 1982
 The acquisition of phrase structure in L1 &       Deprez & Pierce 1994
 L2                                                Vainikka & Young-Scholten (1996).
 The acquisition of the nominal phrase in          Armon-Lotem 1998
 L1 & L2
 Prepositions & Definiteness in L1 & L2            Zdorenko & Paradis 2008
                                        Rizzi, L. 1993/1994
 The acquisition of Tense and Agreement -
 Root infinitives in L1 & L2            Presentations
 The Acquisition of Binding in L1 & L2  Ruigendijk et al
 The acquisition of A and Ā Movement in Roeper 2003
 L1 & L2                                Presentations
Office: BS Building (901), Room 415
Office hours: Tues & Thur by appointment (03-5317159 or
Course webpage: in
                                                    Syntax and Morphology in L1 & L2 Acquisition x
                                                                         Dr. Sharon Armon-Lotem

Reading list
Armon-Lotem, S. 1998. Mommy Sock in a Minimalist Eye: On the Acquisition of DP in
  Hebrew: In Penner, Z and N. Dittmar (eds.) Issues in the Theory of Language
  Acquisition. Peter Lang AG, European Academic Publishers. 15-36
Berman, R. A. 1982. Verb-pattern alternation: The interface of morphology, syntax, and
  semantics in Hebrew child language. Journal of Child Language 9, 169-191.
Clark, E. V. & R. A. Berman. 1984. Structure and use in the acquisition of word
   formation. Language, 60(3), 542-591
Crain, S. and D. Lillo-Martin. 1999. An Introduction to Linguistic Theory and Language
  Acquisition. p. 4-70.
Deprez, V. and A Pierce. 1994. Crosslinguistic Evidence for Functional Projections in
  Early Child Grammar. In Hokstra & Schwartz (eds.), p. 57-84.
Grimshaw, J. 1994. Lexical reconciliation. Lingua 92, 411-430
Marcus, G. F. 1995. Children’s overregularzation of English plurals: a quantitive
  analysis. Journal of Child Language 22, 447-459
Rizzi, L. 1993/1994. Some Notes on Linguistic Theory and Language Development: the
   Case of Root Infinitives. Language acquisition 3: 371-393.
Roeper. T. 2003. Diagnosing Language Variations: Underlying Principles for Syntactic
  Assessment. Seminars in Speech and Language, volume 25, number 1.
Ruigendijk, E., Friedmann, N., Novogrodsky, R. and N. Balaban. In press. Symmetry in
  comprehension and production of pronouns: A comparison of German and Hebrew
Tomasello, M. & A. Kruger, 1992. Joint attention on actions: acquiring verbs in ostensive
  and non-ostensive contexts, Journal of Child Language 19, 311-333.
Vainikka, A. & M. Young-Scholten. 1996. Gradual development of L2 phrase structure.
  Second Language Research 12:7-39.
Xu, F. and S. Pinker. 1995. Weird past tense forms. Journal of Child Language 22, 531-5

Zdorenko, T. and J. Paradis. 2008. The acquisition of articles in child second language
  English: fluctuation, transfer or both? Second Language Research, 24(2), 227-250