Jason Rothman

List of John Benjamins publications for which Jason Rothman plays a role.


Book series



Bilingual Cognition and Language: The state of the science across its subfields

Edited by David Miller, Fatih Bayram, Jason Rothman and Ludovica Serratrice

[Studies in Bilingualism, 54] 2018. vi, 403 pp.
Subjects Language acquisition | Multilingualism | Psycholinguistics | Theoretical linguistics

Generative Linguistics and Acquisition: Studies in honor of Nina M. Hyams

Edited by Misha Becker, John Grinstead and Jason Rothman

Subjects Generative linguistics | Language acquisition | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics

Third Language Acquisition in Adulthood

Edited by Jennifer Cabrelli, Suzanne Flynn and Jason Rothman

[Studies in Bilingualism, 46] 2012. vii, 312 pp.
Subjects Language acquisition | Multilingualism | Psycholinguistics

Bilingual Youth: Spanish in English-speaking societies

Edited by Kim Potowski and Jason Rothman

[Studies in Bilingualism, 42] 2011. vi, 371 pp.
Subjects Multilingualism | Sociolinguistics and Dialectology | Theoretical linguistics

Bilingualism and Identity: Spanish at the crossroads with other languages

Edited by Mercedes Niño-Murcia and Jason Rothman

[Studies in Bilingualism, 37] 2008. vii, 365 pp.
Subjects Language acquisition | Multilingualism | Romance linguistics | Sociolinguistics and Dialectology


Cabrelli, Jennifer, Carrie Pichan, Jessica Ward, Jason Rothman and Ludovica Serratrice 2023 Factors that moderate global similarity in initial L3 transfer: Intervocalic voiced stops in heritage Spanish/English bilinguals’ L3 ItalianStructural similarity across domains in third language acquisition, Kolb, Nadine, Natalia Mitrofanova and Marit Westergaard (eds.), pp. 638–662
Much of the formal linguistic research on third language (L3) acquisition has focused on transfer source selection, with the overall finding that (global) structural similarity between the L1/L2 and L3 is the strongest predictor of initial transfer patterns. Recently, Cabrelli and Pichan (2021)… read more | Article
Rothman, Jason, Fatih Bayram, Vincent DeLuca, Jorge González Alonso, Maki Kubota and Eloi Puig-Mayenco 2023 Chapter 3. Defining bilingualism as a continuum: Some tools and consequences for the study of bilingual mind and brain effectsUnderstanding Language and Cognition through Bilingualism: In honor of Ellen Bialystok, Luk, Gigi, John A.E. Anderson and John G. Grundy (eds.), pp. 38–67
The measurement of bilingualism is complex but essential for (psycho)linguistic, cognitive and neural research. In addition to the conventional group comparison approach, namely comparing monolinguals to bilinguals, recent research has adopted continuous or multi-dimensional approaches. The aim… read more | Chapter
Pereira Soares, Sergio Miguel and Jason Rothman 2021 Cognitive states in third language acquisition and beyond: Theoretical and methodological paths forwardEpistemological issue: Sources of knowledge in L3 acquisition, Flores, Cristina and Neal Snape (eds.), pp. 89–95
Castro, Tammer, Jason Rothman and Marit Westergaard 2020 Syntactic contrasts in early and late Brazilian Portuguese-European Portuguese bidialectal bilinguals: Data from productionLinguistic Approaches to Portuguese as an Additional Language, Molsing, Karina Veronica, Cristina Becker Lopes Perna and Ana Maria Tramunt Ibaños (eds.), pp. 35–59
This study explores the production of subject and object pronouns in the case of Brazilian Portuguese (BP) and European Portuguese (EP) early and late bidialectal bilinguals. The distribution of empty categories in the two systems differs in terms of syntactic and semantic constraints. In this… read more | Chapter
Bayram, Fatih, David Miller, Jason Rothman and Ludovica Serratrice 2018 Chapter 1. Studies in bilingualism: 25 years in the makingBilingual Cognition and Language: The state of the science across its subfields, Miller, David, Fatih Bayram, Jason Rothman and Ludovica Serratrice (eds.), pp. 1–12
Puig-Mayenco, Eloi, David Miller and Jason Rothman 2018 Chapter 9. Language dominance and transfer selection in L3 acquisition: Evidence from sentential negation and negative quantifiers in L3 EnglishMeaning and Structure in Second Language Acquisition: In honor of Roumyana Slabakova, Cho, Jacee, Michael Iverson, Tiffany Judy, Tania Leal and Elena Shimanskaya (eds.), pp. 229–260
This study examines the role Language Dominance plays in determining the source of transfer in the Initial Stages of L3 processing by investigating Negative Quantifiers in L3 English to discriminate between two possible sources of transfer in the L3 grammar of Catalan/Spanish early bilinguals.… read more | Chapter
This paper aims to show how insights from formal linguistic theory and empirical acquisition work can inform teaching practice in the multilingual classroom. Potential differences will arise depending on multilingual learners’ language history, particularly in the divide between true L2 and L3… read more | Chapter
Miller, David, Vincent DeLuca, Denny Berndt, Michael Iverson and Jason Rothman 2017 Subtle aspectual differences in the L2 acquisition of German: The case of the present tense and pseudo-progressive am + infinitive and beim + infinitive constructionsCross-linguistic Influence in Bilingualism: In honor of Aafke Hulk, Blom, Elma, Leonie Cornips and Jeannette Schaeffer (eds.), pp. 207–230
We examine the acquisition of progressivity in the German simple present tense (GPT) and related constructions by English natives of L2 German, under the guise of the Feature Reassembly Hypothesis. German lacks an explicit gerundial form; the AM + infinitive (am) and BEIM + infinitive (beim)… read more | Chapter
Castro, Tammer, Jason Rothman and Marit Westergaard 2016 Comparing anaphora resolution in early and late Brazilian Portuguese-European Portuguese bidialectal bilingualsThe Acquisition and Processing of Spanish and Portuguese Morphosyntax: Theoretical and experimental issues, Klassen, Rachel, Anahí Alba de la Fuente, Joanne Markle LaMontagne and Almudena Basanta y Romero-Valdespino (eds.), pp. 429–461
The present study examines anaphora resolution in two groups of speakers exposed to Brazilian and European Portuguese (BP and EP, respectively), considering the different null subject distribution in these languages. Our research question is whether late BP-EP bilinguals (age of EP onset: 29.1) and… read more | Article
Miller, David, David Giancaspro, Michael Iverson, Jason Rothman and Roumyana Slabakova 2016 Not just algunos, but indeed unos L2ers can acquire scalar implicatures in L2 SpanishLanguage Acquisition Beyond Parameters: Studies in honour of Juana M. Liceras, Alba de la Fuente, Anahí, Elena Valenzuela and Cristina Martínez Sanz (eds.), pp. 125–145
This study examines interpretation of scalar implicatures (SI) in the L2 Spanish of native English advanced learners. Spanish is especially interesting since, unlike English, it has two indefinite determiners, unos and algunos, which ostensibly map to English some. However, each does not allow an… read more | Article
Rothman, Jason, Ianthi Maria Tsimpli and Diego Pascual y Cabo 2016 Formal linguistic approaches to heritage language acquisition: Bridges for pedagogically oriented researchAdvances in Spanish as a Heritage Language, Pascual y Cabo, Diego (ed.), pp. 13–26
The goal of this chapter is to lay out the central themes of heritage language acquisition research adopting a formal/theoretical linguistic perspective. Specifically, we aim to provide a detailed discussion of the nature of heritage language grammars. In doing so, we will address the debates on… read more | Article
The present study examines three competing models of morphosyntactic transfer in third language (L3) acquisition, examining the particular domain of the feature configuration of embedded T in L3 Brazilian Portuguese (BP) at the initial stages and then through development. The methodology alternates… read more | Article
This study examines the mental representation of clitic object pronouns in English L2 Spanish speakers of beginning, intermediate and advanced proficiencies. We present the results of a scalar grammaticality judgment task, which examines knowledge of clitic placement in both Exceptional Case… read more | Article
L2 learners from different L1s may differ in L2 development and ultimate attainment for the same target property. Examining object drop in L2 Spanish, we maintain that performances of distinct L1 groups (English, Chinese, Brazilian and European Portuguese) are not as contradictory as they first… read more | Article
Valenzuela, Elena, Michael Iverson, Jason Rothman, Kristina Borg, Diego Pascual y Cabo and Manuela Pinto 2015 Eventive and stative passives and copula selection in Canadian and American Heritage Speaker SpanishNew Perspectives on the Study of Ser and Estar, Pérez-Jiménez, Isabel, Manuel Leonetti and Silvia Gumiel-Molina (eds.), pp. 267–292
Spanish captures the difference between eventive and stative passives via an obligatory choice between two copula; verbal passives take the copula ser and adjectival passives take the copula estar. In this study, we compare and contrast US and Canadian heritage speakers of Spanish on their… read more | Article
VanPatten, Bill and Jason Rothman 2015 What does current generative theory have to say about the explicit-implicit debate?Implicit and Explicit Learning of Languages, Rebuschat, Patrick (ed.), pp. 91–116
Taking a generative perspective, we divide aspects of language into three broad categories: those that cannot be learned (are inherent in Universal Grammar), those that are derived from Universal Grammar, and those that must be learned from the input. Using this framework of language to clarify the… read more | Article
Rothman, Jason, David Giancaspro and Becky Halloran 2014 On the structural basis of non-redundant acquisition: Evidence from Spanish bilingual L3 PortuguesePortuguese-Spanish Interfaces: Diachrony, synchrony, and contact, Amaral, Patrícia and Ana Maria Carvalho (eds.), pp. 317–334
This chapter has two goals: (a) to discuss the Spanish-Portuguese interface in current formal language acquisition research and (b) to highlight the contributions of this language pairing in the emerging field of formal third language (L3) acquisition. The authors discuss two L3 acquisition studies… read more | Article
Becker, Misha, John Grinstead and Jason Rothman 2013 IntroductionGenerative Linguistics and Acquisition: Studies in honor of Nina M. Hyams, Becker, Misha, John Grinstead and Jason Rothman (eds.), pp. 1–10
In this chapter, we ponder why highly advanced tutored learners perform differently than their naturalistic L2 counterparts at the same level of proficiency in certain, predictable contexts. The Competing Systems Hypothesis (CSH) (Rothman 2008) attempts to explain some of these differences,… read more | Article
This chapter has two main objectives. The first is to critically introduce the reader to the emerging field of generative third language acquisition, demonstrating that L3 data make significant contributions towards a better understanding of how the mind represents language and how cognitive… read more | Article
Rothman, Jason and Bill VanPatten 2013 Afterword. On multiplicity and mutual exclusivity: The case for different SLA theoriesContemporary Approaches to Second Language Acquisition, García Mayo, María del Pilar, María Juncal Gutiérrez Mangado and María Martínez-Adrián (eds.), pp. 243–256
Santos, Ana Lúcia, Jason Rothman, Acrisio Pires and Inês Duarte 2013 Early or late acquisition of inflected infinitives in European Portuguese? Evidence from spontaneous production dataGenerative Linguistics and Acquisition: Studies in honor of Nina M. Hyams, Becker, Misha, John Grinstead and Jason Rothman (eds.), pp. 65–88
Building on our previous experimental work examining the acquisition of inflected infinitives in European Portuguese (EP) L1 acquisition (e.g. Pires, Rothman & Santos 2010, 2011; Santos, Duarte, Pires & Rothman 2011), the present study investigates the emergence of inflected infinitives in young EP… read more | Article
Cabrelli, Jennifer, Suzanne Flynn and Jason Rothman 2012 Third language (L3) acquisition in adulthoodThird Language Acquisition in Adulthood, Cabrelli, Jennifer, Suzanne Flynn and Jason Rothman (eds.), pp. 1–6
García Mayo, María del Pilar and Jason Rothman 2012 L3 morphosyntax in the generative tradition: The initial stages and beyondThird Language Acquisition in Adulthood, Cabrelli, Jennifer, Suzanne Flynn and Jason Rothman (eds.), pp. 9–32
Potowski, Kim and Jason Rothman 2011 : Spanish in English-speaking societiesBilingual Youth: Spanish in English-speaking societies, Potowski, Kim and Jason Rothman (eds.), pp. 3–6
Slabakova, Roumyana, Jason Rothman and Paula Kempchinsky 2011 Gradient competence at the Syntax-Discourse InterfaceEUROSLA Yearbook: Volume 11 (2011), Roberts, Leah, Gabriele Pallotti and Camilla Bettoni (eds.), pp. 218–243
In this article, we present additional support of Duffield’s (2003, 2005) distinction between Underlying Competence and Surface Competence. Duffield argues that a more fine-grained distinction between levels of competence and performance is warranted and necessary. While underlying competence is… read more | Article
Iverson, Michael, Paula Kempchinsky and Jason Rothman 2008 Interface vulnerability and knowledge of the subjunctive/indicative distinction with negated epistemic predicates in L2 SpanishEUROSLA Yearbook: Volume 8 (2008), Roberts, Leah, Florence Myles and Annabelle David (eds.), pp. 135–163
Much recent research in SLA is guided by the hypothesis of L2 interface vulnerability (see Sorace 2005). This study contributes to this general project by examining the acquisition of two classes of subjunctive complement clauses in L2 Spanish: subjunctive complements of volitional predicates… read more | Article
Niño-Murcia, Mercedes and Jason Rothman 2008 1. Spanish-contact bilingualism and identityBilingualism and Identity: Spanish at the crossroads with other languages, Niño-Murcia, Mercedes and Jason Rothman (eds.), pp. 11–32
Native-like use of preterit and imperfect morphology in all contexts by English learners of L2 Spanish is the exception rather than the rule, even for successful learners. Nevertheless, recent research has demonstrated that advanced English learners of L2 Spanish attain a native-like… read more | Article
Rothman, Jason and Mercedes Niño-Murcia 2008 13. Multilingualism and identity: All in the FamilyBilingualism and Identity: Spanish at the crossroads with other languages, Niño-Murcia, Mercedes and Jason Rothman (eds.), pp. 301–329
This study investigates the possibility of native-like ultimate attainment by analyzing L2 knowledge of aspect as seen in the Preterit/Imperfect contrast of highly successful English L2 learners of Portuguese and Spanish. Building on innovative work by Montrul & Slabakova (2003) and Slabakova &… read more | Article
Contemporary research in generative second language (L2) acquisition has attempted to address observable target-deviant aspects of L2 grammars within a UG-continuity framework (e.g. Lardiere 2000; Schwartz 2003; Sprouse 2004; Prévost & White 1999, 2000). With the aforementioned in mind, the… read more | Article