University of Michigan (USA) – Premier séminaire le 02 juin 2016

Professor Nick Ellis from University of Michigan (USA) is one of our invited professors in June in the frame of the EFL International Chair 2016.

You will find hereafter the detail of his lectures :

 

 

 

Language Usage, Acquisition, and Processing: Cognitive and Corpus Investigations of Construction Grammar

Usage-based and emergentist  theories of language acquisition investigate how abstract linguistic knowledge is learned from experience of language in context. Accordingly, usage-based approaches consider (1) the psychology of learning and cognition, (2) corpus analyses of the usage from which learners induce their language, (3) child (L1) and second language (L2) analyses of how input and learner cognition together drive acquisition, (4) psycholinguistic analyses of these factors as they affect language processing.

Lecture 1: Implicit and Explicit Learning of Language – date :  Thursday 2nd June 2016  / 15h-17h

salle 410, Centre Censier, Université Sorbonne nouvelle, 13 rue Santeuil – 75005 Paris

Implicit and explicit learning as dissociable mechanisms which nevertheless influence each other. Attention, instruction and Second   Language Acquisition (SLA). Learning linguistic constructions  as categories is a function of  frequency, type-token frequency distribution, contingency, semantic prototypicality, and salience. Chunking. Rational cognition reflects frequency, recency, and context.

Lecture 2: Constructions in Usage and Acquisition – date :  Thursday 9th June 2016  / 15h-17h

salle 410, Centre Censier, Université Sorbonne nouvelle, 13 rue Santeuil – 75005 Paris

Corpus-linguistic analyses of Verb-Argument Constructions (VACs) in the British National Corpus and the measurement of their properties in terms of frequency, type-token frequency distribution, contingency, and semantic prototypicality. Verb-Argument Constructions in Acquisition – corpus-linguistic analyses of child (L1) and second (L2) language acquisition of VACs.

Lecture 3: Usage-based approaches to Language Processingdate :  Thursday 16th June 2016  
/ 10h-12h

Salle 453, Centre Censier, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, 13 rue Santeuil 75005 Paris

Psycholinguistic experiments investigating L1 and L2 free-association and on-line VAC processing (recognition threshold, lexical decision, naming, semantic judgment). Independent effects of VAC frequency, type-token frequency distribution, contingency, and semantic prototypicality upon VAC processing in fluent L1 and L2 speakers. L2 speakers additionally show effects of transfer.

Lecture 4: Cognitive Approaches to SLA and Language Change - date :  Thursday 23rd June 2016 
 / 15h-17h
salle 410, Centre Censier, Université Sorbonne nouvelle, 13 rue Santeuil - 75005 Paris

Psycholinguistic and eye-tracking studies of learned attention and blocking in SLA.  Effects of Form-focused Instruction (FFI).  Usage effects in Language Change.  Why is language usage the shape it is? – social, cognitive, ecological, and communicative constraints. Language as a Complex Adaptive System.