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Formal Description of Slavic Languages 11, Potsdam

Workshop: L1-acquisition of syntax in the Slavic languages



organized by Teodora Radeva-Bork (University of Potsdam)

Invited speakers
Natalia Gagarina (ZAS Berlin) abstract 
Sergey Avrutin (Utrecht University) abstract 


The workshop will take place on 4th December 2015 at the University of Potsdam, Campus "Am Neuen Palais" House 8, Room 0.75


List of speakers and topics (for the exact timing of the talks see the conference program)

Ana Bosnic (University of Groningen/ University of Nantes): Distributivity and agreement mismatch in Serbian 

Nina Ilic (University of Novi Sad) & Sabina Halupka-Resetar (University of Novi Sad): Verb production at different stages of language acquisition 

Anna Frolova (University of Toronto): Optional object omission in child Russian 

Nenad Jovanovic (University of Potsdam): What does the absence of priming tell us about the acquisition of passives in Serbian?

Viktoria V. Kazakovskaya (Russian Academy of Sciences): Russian epistemic expressions during early ontogeny 

Sofia Krasnoshchekova (Russian Academy of Sciences): Syntactic features of Russian deictic pronouns by children of early age

Milena Kühnast (ZAS Berlin): Functional differentiation of 'i' (and) in Bulgarian child language

Natalia Mitrofanova (UiT, University of Norway): Acquisition of locative prepositional phrases in Russian and Norwegian

Marta Velnic (CASTL, UiT): Acquisition of ditransitive structures in Croatian child language




The workshop will focus on various aspects of the first language acquisition of syntax in the Slavic languages. The workshop pursues a two-fold goal. On the one and, it aims to provide a floor for the presentation of acquisition data from a broad variety of Slavic languages. On the other hand, it motivates a discussion of the intrinsic properties of the syntax acquisition of the individual Slavic languages and consequently urges an analysis of the Slavic data in a comparative perspective. Generally, it will be interesting to see what empirical evidence the acquisition data may (or may not) provide for current syntactic theories. L1 Slavic data from monolingual, multilingual as well as from typical and atypical acquisition may be presented.

Some of the phenomena that can be discussed in view of the Slavic L1 acquisition data are word order properties, clause structure in the early stages, acquisition of the (non)pro-drop parameter, morphosyntactic features, verbal categories, binding and coreference, functional categories, passive etc. This list of topics is by no means exhaustive and papers discussing other related issues are welcome.

A publication of the workshop papers is planed. The volume should contribute to the research on language acquisition in a cross-linguistic perspective by shedding light on current acquisition research on Slavic.

How to submit abstracts

Abstracts must be anonymous and no longer than one page (margins: 2.5 cm or 1 inch, size of characters: 12 points, Times New Roman, spacing: single). An additional page for references, figures and data can be also included. Abstracts should be in PDF format, with all non-standard fonts embedded.
Abstracts should be submitted via EasyAbs by 31 May 2015. An individual may submit at most one single and one co-authored paper.