Sharon Unsworth

List of John Benjamins publications for which Sharon Unsworth plays a role.

Book series



Processing in Bilingual Children

Edited by Chantal van Dijk, Jasmijn E. Bosch and Sharon Unsworth

Special issue of Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 14:4 (2024) v, 174 pp.

Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research

Edited by Elma Blom and Sharon Unsworth

[Language Learning & Language Teaching, 27] 2010. vii, 292 pp.
Subjects Language acquisition | Psycholinguistics | Theoretical linguistics

Paths of Development in L1 and L2 acquisition: In honor of Bonnie D. Schwartz

Edited by Sharon Unsworth, Teresa Parodi, Antonella Sorace and Martha Young-Scholten

[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders, 39] 2006. viii, 222 pp.
Subjects Generative linguistics | Language acquisition | Theoretical linguistics


Dijk, Chantal van, Jasmijn E. Bosch and Sharon Unsworth 2024 Language processing in bilingual children: Why it matters, what we know and what is still missingProcessing in Bilingual Children, Dijk, Chantal van, Jasmijn E. Bosch and Sharon Unsworth (eds.), pp. 435–445 | Review article
Koutamanis, Elly, Gerrit Jan Kootstra, Ton Dijkstra and Sharon Unsworth 2024 Cognate facilitation in single- and dual-language contexts in bilingual children’s word processingProcessing in Bilingual Children, Dijk, Chantal van, Jasmijn E. Bosch and Sharon Unsworth (eds.), pp. 577–608 | Article
We examined the extent to which cognate facilitation effects occurred in simultaneous bilingual children’s production and comprehension and how these were modulated by language dominance and language context. Bilingual Dutch-German children, ranging from Dutch-dominant to German-dominant,… read more
This paper investigates the role of structural priming in cross-linguistic influence, a well-established yet poorly understood characteristic of bilingual language development. More specifically, we test the proposal that cross-linguistic influence may be conceptualized as between-language… read more
The present study investigated cross-linguistic influence (CLI) in the word order of Dutch-English bilingual children, using elicited production and acceptability judgment tasks. The goal was to examine whether monolingual and bilingual children produced and/or accepted V2 word orders in… read more
Goriot, Claire, Sharon Unsworth, Roeland van Hout, Mirjam Broersma and James M. McQueen 2021 Differences in phonological awareness performance: Are there positive or negative effects of bilingual experience?Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 11:3, pp. 418–451 | Article
Children who have knowledge of two languages may show better phonological awareness than their monolingual peers (e.g. Bruck & Genesee, 1995). It remains unclear how much bilingual experience is needed for such advantages to appear, and whether differences in language or cognitive skills alter… read more
Karaca, Figen, Susanne Brouwer, Sharon Unsworth and Falk Huettig 2021 Chapter 6. Prediction in bilingual children: The missing piece of the puzzlePrediction in Second Language Processing and Learning, Kaan, Edith and Theres Grüter (eds.), pp. 115–138 | Chapter
A wealth of studies has shown that more proficient monolingual speakers are better at predicting upcoming information during language comprehension. Similarly, prediction skills of adult second language (L2) speakers in their L2 have also been argued to be modulated by their L2 proficiency. How… read more
Meroni, Luisa, Liz Smeets and Sharon Unsworth 2017 Cross-linguistic influence in scope ambiguity: Evidence for accelerationCross-linguistic Influence in Bilingualism: In honor of Aafke Hulk, Blom, Elma, Leonie Cornips and Jeannette Schaeffer (eds.), pp. 181–206 | Chapter
Cross-linguistic influence of interface-conditioned properties in bilingual language acquisition has been reported in a large number of studies and various linguistic domains. While many of these studies have found that cross-linguistic influence can occur in the form of delay, few have shown… read more
An increasing number of schools in the Netherlands offer bilingual (secondary) education, usually combining Dutch with English. As yet, it remains unclear whether students with dyslexia are able to cope in this type of educational setting. To address this question, the oral language and literacy… read more
Unsworth, Sharon 2014 Comparing the role of input in bilingual acquisition across domainsInput and Experience in Bilingual Development, Grüter, Theres and Johanne Paradis (eds.), pp. 181–201 | Article
Amount of exposure has been observed to affect the linguistic development of bilingual children in a variety of domains. As yet, however, relatively few studies have compared the acquisition across domains within the same group of children. Such a comparative approach is arguably essential to gain… read more
The topic of bilingualism in education continues to generate much debate. Issues under discussion include for example how best to support the Dutch language development of multilingual children and how to successfully implement bilingual secondary education and early foreign language instruction.… read more
Unsworth, Sharon, Aafke Hulk and Theodoros Marinis 2011  Internal and external factors in child second language acquisitionInternal and External Factors in Child Second Language Acquisition, Hulk, Aafke and Theodoros Marinis (eds.), pp. 207–212 | Introduction
Gualmini, Andrea and Sharon Unsworth 2010 Scope assignment in child language: On the role of the Question Under DiscussionThe Linguistics Enterprise: From knowledge of language to knowledge in linguistics, Everaert, Martin B.H., Tom Lentz, Hannah N.M. De Mulder, Øystein Nilsen and Arjen Zondervan (eds.), pp. 99–114 | Article
This paper focuses on recent work on children’s interpretation of scopally ambiguous sentences. We review current literature on the topic and we discuss two theoretical notions, namely the notion of surface scope and the notion of Question Under Discussion (QUD). We argue that both notions are… read more
Unsworth, Sharon and Elma Blom 2010 Chapter 10. Comparing L1 children, L2 children and L2 adultsExperimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research, Blom, Elma and Sharon Unsworth (eds.), pp. 201–222 | Chapter
Most studies investigating the role of age in L2 acquisition compare L2 children and adults in terms of ultimate attainment (e.g. Johnson & Newport 1989). This paper addresses some of the methodological and conceptual issues which arise when, following Schwartz (1992), such a comparison is made in… read more
Unsworth, Sharon, Teresa Parodi, Antonella Sorace and Martha Young-Scholten 2006 IntroductionPaths of Development in L1 and L2 acquisition: In honor of Bonnie D. Schwartz, Unsworth, Sharon, Teresa Parodi, Antonella Sorace and Martha Young-Scholten (eds.), pp. 1–14 | Miscellaneous