Lydia White

List of John Benjamins publications for which Lydia White plays a role.

Book series



L2 Acquisition and Creole Genesis: Dialogues

Edited by Claire Lefebvre, Lydia White and Christine Jourdan

Subjects Creole studies | Language acquisition | Multilingualism | Theoretical linguistics
Subjects Applied linguistics | Language acquisition | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics


White, Lydia, Heather Goad, Guilherme Duarte Garcia, Natália Brambatti Guzzo, Liz Smeets and Jiajia Su 2024 Pronoun interpretation in Italian: Exploring the effects of prosodyLinguistic Approaches to Bilingualism: Online-First Articles | Article
We explore potential effects of prosody on pronoun interpretation in Italian, building on previous research which has shown that second language learners/users (L2ers) assign non-target interpretations to overt pronouns. We investigate effects of contrastive stress and pause, proposing that… read more
This paper provides an overview of the Prosodic Transfer Hypothesis (PTH), which accounts for certain difficulties that learners experience with L2 morphosyntax. We focus on inflection and articles, which have often been accounted for through defective syntactic representations or problems with… read more
White, Lydia 2018 Chapter 4. Formal linguistics and second language acquisitionBilingual Cognition and Language: The state of the science across its subfields, Miller, David, Fatih Bayram, Jason Rothman and Ludovica Serratrice (eds.), pp. 57–78 | Chapter
This paper motivates formal linguistic approaches to second language (L2) acquisition, particularly approaches grounded in generative grammar, and provides an overview of how such approaches have developed over time. The role of the mother tongue grammar and Universal Grammar (UG) in shaping the… read more
White, Lydia 2018 Chapter 10. What is easy and what is hard: Lessons from linguistic theory and SLA researchMeaning and Structure in Second Language Acquisition: In honor of Roumyana Slabakova, Cho, Jacee, Michael Iverson, Tiffany Judy, Tania Leal and Elena Shimanskaya (eds.), pp. 263–282 | Chapter
This chapter presents an overview of research, past and present, which has explored the extent to which linguistic theory and generative second language (L2) research offer insights for the language classroom. A number of issues are addressed, including the potential role of negative evidence,… read more
Kupisch, Tanja, Alyona Belikova, Öner Özçelik, Ilse Stangen and Lydia White 2017 Restrictions on definiteness in the grammars of German-Turkish heritage speakersLinguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 7:1, pp. 1–32 | Article
This paper reports on a study investigating restrictions on definiteness (the Definiteness Effect) in existential constructions in the two languages of Turkish heritage speakers in Germany. Turkish and German differ in how the Definiteness Effect plays out. Definite expressions in German may not… read more
White, Lydia 2016 Pro-drop then and now: Changing perspectives on null subjects in second language acquisitionLanguage Acquisition Beyond Parameters: Studies in honour of Juana M. Liceras, Alba de la Fuente, Anahí, Elena Valenzuela and Cristina Martínez Sanz (eds.), pp. 17–35 | Article
This paper provides an overview and analysis of changing perspectives on null subjects in L2 research. Three phases of research are identified, focusing on: (i) the issue of parameter resetting, conceived in terms of the null subject parameter as originally formulated; (ii) the relationship of null… read more
In this paper we investigate whether learners of L2 English show knowledge of the Definiteness Effect (Milsark, 1977), which restricts definite expressions from appearing in the existential there-insertion construction. There are crosslinguistic differences in how restrictions on definiteness play… read more
Goad, Heather and Lydia White 2009 Prosodic transfer and the representation of determiners in Turkish-English interlanguageRepresentational Deficits in SLA: Studies in honor of Roger Hawkins, Snape, Neal, Yan-kit Ingrid Leung and Michael Sharwood Smith (eds.), pp. 1–26 | Article
Problems with the second language (L2) acquisition of articles in Turkish-English interlanguage are examined, specifically omission, substitution of other determiners in place of articles, overuse of stressed articles and differential treatment of articles in DPs with and without adjectives.… read more
Goad, Heather and Lydia White 2009 Articles in Turkish/English interlanguage revisited: Implications of vowel harmonySecond Language Acquisition of Articles: Empirical findings and theoretical implications, García Mayo, María del Pilar and Roger Hawkins (eds.), pp. 201–232 | Article
White, Lydia 2007 ‘Internal’ versus ‘external’ universals: Commentary on EckmanWhat Counts as Evidence in Linguistics: The case of innateness, Penke, Martina and Anette Rosenbach (eds.), pp. 241–243 | Article
Lefebvre, Claire, Lydia White and Christine Jourdan 2006 IntroductionL2 Acquisition and Creole Genesis: Dialogues, Lefebvre, Claire, Lydia White and Christine Jourdan (eds.), pp. 1–14 | Miscellaneous
Goad, Heather and Lydia White 2004 Ultimate attainment of L2 inflection: Effects of L1 prosodic structureEUROSLA Yearbook: Volume 4 (2004), Foster-Cohen, Susan H., Michael Sharwood Smith, Antonella Sorace and Mitsuhiko Ota (eds.), pp. 119–145 | Article
White, Lydia 2004 ‘Internal’ versus ‘external’ universals: Commentary on EckmanWhat Counts as Evidence in Linguistics?: The case of innateness, Penke, Martina and Anette Rosenbach (eds.), pp. 704–706 | Article
White, Lydia, Cynthia Brown, Joyce Bruhn de Garavito, Dongdong Chen, Makiko Hirakawa and Silvina Montrul 1999 Psych verbs In Second Language AcquisitionThe Development of Second Language Grammars: A generative approach, Klein, Elaine C. and Gita Martohardjono (eds.), pp. 171 ff. | Article
White, Lydia, Silvina Montrul, Makiko Hirakawa, Dongdong Chen, Joyce Bruhn de Garavito and Cynthia Brown 1998 Zero Morphology and the T/SM Restriction in the L2 Acquisition of Psych VerbsMorphology and its Interfaces in Second Language Knowledge, Beck, Maria-Luise (ed.), pp. 257 ff. | Article
White, Lydia 1995 Chasing after linguistic theory: How minimal should we be?The Current State of Interlanguage: Studies in honor of William E. Rutherford, Eubank, Lynn, Larry Selinker and Michael Sharwood Smith (eds.), pp. 63 ff. | Article