Activities and Seminars

Christos Pliatsikas. Grammatical processing in L2: Challenging current theories.
Date: Oct 29, 2013

What: Grammatical processing in L2: Challenging current theories.

Where: BCBL auditorium

When: 12 noon

Recent influential theories on grammatical acquisition and processing in L2 propose limitations to L2 learners’ abilities to acquire morphological and syntactic rules in L2: for example, in the Declarative/Procedural model, Ullman (2004) suggested that maturational constraints in the brain prevent late L2 learners from acquiring native-like morphological processing, while in their Shallow Structure Hypothesis, Clahsen & Felser (2006) suggested that L2 learners do not have access to abstract syntactic constructions, such as empty categories. In this talk I will present a series of behavioural and neuroimaging experiments that challenge these theoretical approaches, and also underline the role of factors such as linguistic immersion in native-like acquisition and processing of L2 grammar.