Title: The syntax and prosody of contact Spanish: Focalization, Topicalization, and Clitic Left Dislocation
Liliana Sánchez (Rutgers, New Brunswick), Jacqueline Toribio (University of Texas, Austin), Aaron Roggia (Penn State University), Ana de Prada (Penn State University)
Lab (s) Name (s)
Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition Group
GENERAL PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The present study examines the word order and intonation preferences manifested in the interpretations and productions of Spanish heritage speakers who have experienced extended contact with English in the United States.
PURPOSES OF THE PROJECT
The study contemplates the differential effects of enduring language contact on the interfaces of the computational system with the internal and external components. In particular, our research analyzes the syntactic form and prosodic properties that characterize focused and non-focused generic- and specific-DP fronting in the oral productions of fourteen Peruvian heritage speakers of Spanish who have experienced extended contact with English in the United States.
Does language contact affect syntactic structures only or does it affect intonational contours too?
RATIONALE AND AGENDA
Data collection 2008
CURRENT STATUS OF PROJECT
Data collection completed.
(2008) Preposed or stressed? The word order and intonation of object focus in contact Spanish. 38th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. April 4-6, with Jacqueline Toribio and Aaron Roggia
PAPERS IN PREP
L. Sánchez, J. Toribio, Roggia, A. and A. De Prada, “The syntax and prosody of contact Spanish: Focalization, Topicalization, and Clitic Left Dislocation.”