P2: Morphosyntax and word order in majority English across heritage speakers

Shanley E. M. Allen, TU Kaiserslautern

In this project, we investigate novel grammatical patterns in the majority English productions of heritage speakers of German, Greek, Russian, and Turkish living in the U.S. We focus on the use of noncanonical morphosyntax and word order, highlighting structures relevant to internal and external interfaces (inflectional morphology, articles for referent introduction, verb-object order, movement of arguments to the left periphery). Consistent with RUEG’s overarching approach, we assess the impact of register (informal vs. formal; spoken vs. written), age (adolescent vs. adult), and language contact (transfer from L1 vs. general contact vs. internal variation). Our results will contribute to our understanding of the contact-linguistic status of noncanonical patterns in the majority English of heritage speakers, the sources of their development, and their position within speakers’ broader repertoires of languages and registers.

Cooperation partners

Metaphor Academic Center for Russian Language & Culture. Falls Church, VA

Thodoris Marinis, University of Reading

Silvina Montrul, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Johanne Paradis, University of Alberta


PhD Student

Tatiana Pashkova