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ERP effects and ERP artifacts in studies on (morpho-)syntactic processing in 1st and 2nd language
 
Date: Apr 12, 2011

ERP studies investigating syntax and morpho-syntax have reported inconsistent patterns of ERP components including ELANs, LANs, N400s, P600s and sustained frontal negativities.


ERP studies investigating syntax and morpho-syntax have reported inconsistent patterns of ERP components including ELANs, LANs, N400s, P600s and sustained frontal negativities. Moreover, ERP differences between L1 and L2 have been interpreted as support for the ‘critical period hypothesis’ in L2 acquisition. I will review some methodological problems in previous ERP studies, present recent data from my lab (and other labs), and argue that (a) once methodological flaws are taken into account, syntactic and morpho-syntactic violations elicit similar ERP components which, however, differ between visual and auditory modalities and (b) that differences between L1 and L2 are primarily due to proficiency effects rather than a ‘critical period’ for language learning.

When: Tuesday, 12th of April, 10:15am

Who: Karsten Steinhauer, McGill University, CA

What: ERP effects and ERP artifacts in studies on (morpho-)syntactic processing in first and second language

Where: BCBL, Paseo Mikeletegi 69, Floor 2.