Morfosyntaktiske vansker ved afasi: en tverrspråklig studie
Postdoktor Valantis Fynandis ved Senter for flerspråklighet kommer til Forum for klinisk lingvistikk og språktilegnelse 26. november for å holde foredraget "Testing the Tense Underspecification Hypothesis: Evidence from Greek, Italian, and German"
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Testing the Tense Underspecification Hypothesis: Evidence from Greek, Italian, and German
It is well established that speakers with agrammatic aphasia have selective (morpho)syntactic deficits. A number of hypotheses have been put forward to account for the observed patterns of performance, such as the Tense Underspecification Hypothesis (TUH) (Wenzlaff & Clahsen, 2004, 2005), the Interpretable Features’ Impairment Hypothesis (Fyndanis, Varlokosta, & Tsapkini, 2012), and the Tree Pruning Hypothesis (TPH) (Friedmann & Grodzinsky, 1997). However, not all of these hypotheses have been adequately tested. For instance, while the TPH has been extensively tested – with several studies providing counterevidence –, the TUH has never been tested by authors other than the ones who formulated this hypothesis (see Clahsen & Ali, 2009). This study aims at taking a first step towards filling this gap taking a cross-linguistic approach. We will focus on languages with rich inflectional morphology that encode all three categories/features that are critical for testing the TUH, namely subject-verb agreement, tense/time reference, and mood: Greek, Italian, and German. It is worth noting that these languages differ in the way they encode mood. We will present data from 10 Greek-speaking, 10 Italian-speaking, and 6 German-speaking agrammatic individuals who were tested with a constrained task that tapped agreement, tense/time reference, and mood in production. I will be happy to discuss the results with you!