Language Acquisition at the Interfaces: Proceedings of GALA 2015

This volume is a collection of papers presented at the 12th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition Conference held at the University of Nantes, France, in 2015. Language acquisition, a field of inquiry that has witnessed continuous growth during the past four decades, is central to building a detailed understanding of the human amazing capacity to develop language. The papers gathered here reflect the current research in the field of first, second and heritage language acquisition, addressing a variety of topics in syntax, semantics, phonology and their interfaces, from a wide range of languages such as Tashlhiyt Berber, English, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, European Portuguese, Heritage Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Heritage Sign Language, and Yudja. This volume will thus serve as a valuable reference guide to all scholars interested in (first/second/bilingual) language acquisition, multilingualism, heritage languages, sign language, language pathology and impairment, and experimental research in linguistics.


Jiyoung Choi is a Postdoctoral Researcher on the European AThEME multilingualism project at the University of Nantes, France. Her research lies at the morpho-syntax/semantics interface across child and heritage languages, with a particular focus on lexical semantics, wh-in-situ.

Hamida Demirdache is Professor in Linguistics at the University of Nantes, France. Her research seeks to combine theoretical and experimental linguistics to explore issues at the syntax, semantics and first language acquisition interfaces.

Oana Lungu is Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Nantes, France. Her research interests include syntax, semantics, L1 acquisition and language processing, particularly comprehension of tense in embedded contexts and the interpretation of disjunction in negative contexts across (child) languages.

Laurence Voeltzel is a Teaching Assistant at the University of Nantes, France, whose work explores on the representation of segments and their integration within syllabic structure. Her area of expertise is the morpho-phonology of Germanic languages, with a particular focus on Nordic languages.

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Jiyoung Choi

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Oana Lungu

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Barbara Zurer Pearson

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ISBN: 1-5275-0336-4

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-0336-6

Release Date: 20th December 2017

Pages: 342

Price: £64.99

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