Course Schedule

last updated April 7

General topics have now been moved to the syllabus page

Detailed Schedule

Date
Topic
Readings
Assignments
Jan 18 Introduction: Heritage speakers, SLA and psychology of language learning The White Paper on Heritage Language linguistics 1. Make a list of terms & issues in the White Paper that you are not familiar with
2. Read the linguistics background paper on LATTE
Jan 21 Heritage Language Linguistics Reading the White Paper
Jan 25 Heritage Language Linguistics Reading the White Paper
Jan 28 Heritage Language Linguistics Reading the White Paper Survey of students' interests: prepare questions raised by the White Paper or those you have independently
Feb 1 Critical and Sensitive Periods Elissa Newport's paper, Ortega's chapter (both on LATTE)
Handout: notes on Ortega
Prepare a list of questions to discuss in class: Newport and Ortega
Feb 4 Critical and Sensitive Periods Finish Ortega's chapter (on LATTE), read Montrul's chapter Prepare a list of questions to discuss in class: Ortega and Montrul
Feb 8 Age factors; Bilingualism Finish Montrul's chapter, select papers to present, discuss projects
Handout: notes on Montrul's chapter
Feb 11 ASL as a heritage language in hearing children of deaf parents Handout on Pizer 2008 dissertation on language choices of deaf parents and their hearing children
Feb 15 More on input vs. creativity in language acquisition Gross 2000 on creoles: handout (Yulia)
Kasuya 1998: parental input (Ayelet's handout)
Feb 18 Immigrant communities in the US Potowsky's chapters on Russian slides (Emma) and Chinese, read any one of the chapters posted on LATTE
Feb 22 BREAK RELAX
Feb 25 BREAK HAVE FUN
Mar 1 Indigenous communities Hornberger 1998: comparing perspectives of immigrant and indigenous communities (handout)
Lie 2003 - Sami language education slides (Yulia)
Quiz 1 assigned, due Mar 10 at 3pm (on LATTE)
Mar 4 Communities and L1 attrition Potowsky's chapter on Native American languages
Dostert 2004 - attrition of L1 English slides (Emma)
Mar 8 Phonology Campbell and Sais 1995: phonological awareness in bilinguals handout (Rebecca)
Godson 2004: West Armenian vowels intro handout
Mar 11 Phonology spillover
Bullock 2009 - prosody in contact French handout (Miriam)
Mar 15 Morphosyntax Sinka and Schelletter 1998 (handout)
Polinsky 2008 - gender (on LATTE)
Mar 18 Morphosyntax Bolonyai 2007 (on LATTE)
Mar 22 Morphosyntax Polinsky 2008: gender handout (Rebecca)
Mar 25 Morphosyntax Montrul 2009: tense aspect mood in heritage Spanish (on LATTE)
Schwartz et al 2009: Israeli Russian handout (Ayelet) (on LATTE)
Mar 29 Morphosyntax spillover
Kim et al 2008: Binding in American Korean (on LATTE and here)
Apr 1 Processing Frank and Poulin-Dubois 2002 handout (Batia)
Romanova 2008: processing in American Russian
First project report due
Apr 5 Processing Montrul 2006 (on LATTE)
Polinsky 2005: N,V,A (on LATTE and here)
Apr 8 Pragmatics (requests) Pinto and Raschio 2007 (on LATTE)
handout
Dubinina and Malamud slides
Apr 12 Definite plurals/Heritage Learners in the Classroom Kupisch, T. and C. Pierantozzi. 2010 handout (Batia)
Kondo-Brown, K. 2009 handout (Miriam)
Second project report due
Apr 15 Guest Lecture Dr. Tanja Anstatt
The language of the second immigrant generation: Russian in young bilinguals in Germany.
Quiz 2 assigned
Apr 19 BREAK RELAX
Apr 22 BREAK HAVE FUN
Apr 26 BREAK START THINKING
Apr 29 Mini-Conference on Heritage Language Linguistics student term project presentations Quiz 2 due
May 3 Mini-Conference on Heritage Language Linguistics student term project presentations May 10 Final papers due