When: Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 13:30 pm
Where: University of Nova Gorica, room P5 – Rožna Dolina)
What: lecture given by Maria Garaffa (Heriot Watt University – Edinburgh)
Maria Garaffa will talk about “Bilingualism and minority languages: integrating context of use with linguistic variables.
Maria Garaffa was recently involved in two successful external grant applications aiming at studying grammatical development in in two different social contexts: early acquisition in immigrant children and bilingual acquisition in heritage languages (Italian/Sardinian).
Together with Prof Antonella Sorace and Prof Maria Teresa Guasti she has just completed the study on development of grammar and executive control in eL2 immigrant children. Overall the study demonstrated a gradual emergence of changes in receptive grammar in children who are becoming bilingual, already visible over a period of two years. A sentences types analyse indicates a possible route of the linguistic advantage in bilingual children, evident in a better comprehension of passives and datives.