SHORT-TERM VISITOR TWO-DAY WORKSHOP by PROF THEO MARINIS (University of Reading):

Sentence Processing in Children with Specific Language Impairment vs. Sequential Bilingual Children

The usual CAT rule applies for this event: Everyone is welcome!

When?

Monday & Tuesday, 17–18 December 2012: 16.00–20.00 (with a break in between)

Those interested in attending the lectures, please confirm by email to Kleanthes Grohmann.

Where?

At the University of Cyprus Main Campus in Nicosia (i.e. the "old" campus on Kallipoleos): room E103 (CAT Lab) -- unless we need a bigger room, in which case the lectures will be held in room E112 (same building).

Who?

Dr Theo Marinis is Professor of Multilingualism and Language Impairment in the Department of Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading.

What?

This course will provide an overview of sentence processing research in children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) compared to sequential bilingual (L2) children. The course will start with setting up the scene by presenting theoretical models of language processing, the relation between language acquisition and parsing, and providing a background on the populations that will be discussed in the course (children with SLI and L2 children). This will be followed up by presenting and critically discussing recent empirical studies thematically. The focus will be on the processing of morpho-syntactic information, filler-gap dependencies, binding, and passives. The results of these studies will be discussed in relation to current debates on SLI and child L2 acquisition. Links will be made to the biolinguistics programme and the lectures by Cedric Boeckx.

The course presupposes a basic understanding of formal syntax. The content will be as follows:

Monday, Part 1: Background and models (Fernandez & Cairns, 2010; Ferreira, 2003; Marinis, 2011)

Monday, Part 2: Morpho-syntactic information (tense marking in English, articles in Greek and Dutch) (Marinis & Chondrogianni, 2010; Chondrogianni & Marinis, 2012; Chondrogianni, Vasić, Marinis & Blom, in progress)

Tuesday, Part 1: Filler-gap dependencies, binding (Marinis & van der Lely, 2007; Marinis, 2008)

Tuesday, Part 2: Passives (Marinis, under review)

Preparatory readings:
Ferreira, F. (2003). The misinterpretation of noncanonical sentences. Cognitive Psychology, 47, 164-203.
Fernandez & Cairns (2010). Fundamentals of Psycholinguistics. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Marinis, T. (2011) On the nature and cause of Specific Language Impairment: a view from sentence processing and infant research. Lingua, 121 (3), 463-475.
Marinis, T. (2010) Using on-line processing methods in language acquisition research. In E. Blom & S. Unsworth (eds.), Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 139-162.

 

THIS EVENT IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE UNIVERSITY OF CYRPUS THROUGH A SHORT-TERM VISITOR FELLOWSHIP.
THE SUPPORT FROM THE UCY DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH STUDIES IS GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGED.