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Sonja Kotz, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
 
Date: May 12, 2011

What: Critical parameters of L2 sentence processing revisited


What: Critical parameters of L2 sentence processing revisited

When: Thursday, May 12th, 5:00pm

Who: Sonja Kotz, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

Where: BCBL, Paseo Mikeletegi 69, Floor 2.

Summary:

‘Most recent work on bilingual language comprehension and production assumes that specific linguistic sub-processes vary as a function of age of acquisition, proficiency, and language dominance. More recently, we have started to investigate the impact of other cognitive functions such as timing, rhythm, and working memory on L2 sentence processing. I will first reflect upon these parameters and their impact on speech and language comprehension before zooming into linguistic (syntax) and non-linguistic (timing, rhythm) evidence of late L2 learners of German. I propose that higher order linguistic functions such as syntax rely on (i) temporal coherence that may be provided by the rhythmic structure of a sentence (i.e. the alternation of strong and weak syllables, Cutler, 1994) and (ii) the dynamic allocation of attention to future events which in turn facilitates sentence processing in a similar fashion as it has been proposed in music processing (Large & Jones, 1999). Time permitted I will discuss our recent model on speech processing and timing as a starting point for bilingual speech processing dynamics.’