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University of Massachusetts Amherst

Language Research Acquisition Research Center


Conference on Formal Approaches to Heritage Languages

April 21 - 22, 2012


The Language Acquisition Research Center would like to thank all of the presenters, attendees, and organizers for making the Formal Approaches to Heritage Languages conference such a success. Over 60 researchers, students and teachers shared their research and provided a thoughtful and insightful forum for discussion of heritage languages. Take a look at some of the photos from the conference.

In the list below you will be able to download the available presentations and posters from the conference, shown in the order they were presented. A PDF of the original program can be found here. If you wish to make your presentation and/or poster from the conference available on this page, please send a Powerpoint or PDF to



SATURDAY (April 21)


Keynote: “Heritage bilingual acquisition and syntactic change”

Acrísio Pires (University of Michigan)


“From private to equipollent: Toward a unified model of the heritage Russian aspectual system”

Oksana Laleko (SUNY New Paltz)


“Why aspect is retained in heritage Inuttitut, but affected in Russian and Spanish”

Marina Sherkina-Lieber (York University)


“Real time processing of gender and number agreement by native and heritage Russian speakers”

Irina Sekerina (CUNY Staten Island)


“Incomplete acquisition of differential object marking in child and adult Spanish heritage speakers”

Silvina Montrul and Noelia Sánchez-Walker (University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign)


“Interrogative inversion in Spanish-English bilingual children: cross-linguistic influence and L1 attrition in Spanish”

Alejandro Cuza and Nelleke Strik (Purdue University, Dalhousie University)


“Early voice acquisition of heritage Greek in Germany”

Katerina Zombolou and Artemis Alexiadou (University of Stuttgart)


“Negative Polarity Items (NPIs) in heritage Korean: Licensing Domains”

Sok-Ju Kim (University of Kansas)


Keynote: “Predicting grammar interaction: Minimalist insights into heritage grammars”

Ana Pérez-Leroux (University of Toronto)

SUNDAY (April 22)


Workshop: “What linguistics can learn from heritage languages: Research questions and research methods”

Maria Polinsky (Harvard University)

Panel: “Formal properties of heritage languages and their implications for language programs, student assessment, and language maintenance initiatives in native American communities”

Luiz Amaral (UMass Amherst), Silvina Montrul (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), Maria Polinsky (Harvard University) and Peggy Speas (UMass Amherst)




“Code-switching in heritage Taiwanese-Spanish bilinguals”

Kay-E. González-Vilbazo, Laura Bartlett, Shane Ebert, and Daniel Vergara (University of Illinois at Chicago)

“Incomplete acquisition as a factor in heritage language competence: The case of clitic doubling in monolingual controls and Greek dominant Albanian heritage speakers”

Enkeleida Kapia (University of Hamburg)

“Morphological Bottleneck: The case of Russian heritage speakers”

Ana Mikhaylova (University of South Carolina)

“Ergative and antipassive structures in bilingual Inuktitut speakers”

Kumiko Murasugi (Carleton University, Canada)

“The system of cases in the language of low-proficiency heritage learners of Russian”

Alla Smyslova (Columbia University)

“Heritage, L1, and L2 speakers of Spanish: who patterns with whom? Adult interpretations of double wh-questions”

Maria Turrero (UMass Amherst)

“Morphological and Syntactical Deficits in Heritage English”

Arun Viswanath (Harvard University)

“Morpho-syntactic changes in the linguistic repertoire of Polish heritage speakers in North- Eastern US. The study of word order, verb government patterns and the use of Polish derivational and inflectional morphemes”

Monika Woloszyn-Domagala (University of Zielona Gora - Poland)

“The use of demonstrative ‘ten’ and the numeral ‘jeden’ by Polish-German bilinguals as a case of contact-induced grammaticalization”

Izabela Wolski (University of Regensberg)

“Developing writing practices through SNS: An ethnographic study of Korean bilingual and biliterate youths”

Tecnam Yoon (UMass Amherst)

Organizing committee:


Luiz Amaral, Barbara Z. Pearson, and Tom Roeper

UMass Dept. of Languages, Literatures & Cultures / Dept. of Linguistics