Tania Leal

List of John Benjamins publications for which Tania Leal plays a role.

Journal

Titles

Subjects Generative linguistics | Language acquisition | Multilingualism | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics

Meaning and Structure in Second Language Acquisition: In honor of Roumyana Slabakova

Edited by Jacee Cho, Michael Iverson, Tiffany Judy, Tania Leal and Elena Shimanskaya

[Studies in Bilingualism, 55] 2018. xv, 311 pp.
Subjects Language acquisition | Multilingualism | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics

Articles

Commentary
Although a bilingual’s knowledge of one language can affect the other, crosslinguistic influence (CLI) is constrained: certain domains, such as the syntax-discourse interface, are more likely to be affected. Linguists have debated CLI’s nature and cause: the Structural Overlap Hypothesis identifies… read more | Article
Spanish nominalizations, structures in which a determiner precedes an infinitive (el susurrar de Mario “Mario’s whispering”), present a syntactic contradiction in which a verb exists within a Determiner Phrase (DP). Speakers attest two types: nominalizations co-occurring with nominal modifiers (e.g. read more | Chapter
Commentary
Cho, Jacee, Michael Iverson, Tiffany Judy, Tania Leal and Elena Shimanskaya 2018 IntroductionMeaning and Structure in Second Language Acquisition: In honor of Roumyana Slabakova, Cho, Jacee, Michael Iverson, Tiffany Judy, Tania Leal and Elena Shimanskaya (eds.), pp. ix–xv
Chapter
Leal, Tania 2018 Chapter 2. Mapping at external interfaces: Embedded clitic left dislocations in L2 SpanishMeaning and Structure in Second Language Acquisition: In honor of Roumyana Slabakova, Cho, Jacee, Michael Iverson, Tiffany Judy, Tania Leal and Elena Shimanskaya (eds.), pp. 35–66
This study investigates embedded clitic left dislocation (CLLD), a syntax-discourse interface structure expressing topicalization, in a group of native and L2 Spanish speakers (beginners, intermediate, advanced). The Interface Hypothesis (Sorace, 2011) proposes that external interfaces pose… read more | Chapter
This chapter addresses the construct of second-language (L2) proficiency as it pertains to L2 data analysis. In L2 studies, a common practice is to group participants into proficiency categories (i.e., groups such as ‘intermediate’ or ‘advanced’; a practice known as dichotomization). Nevertheless,… read more | Chapter
Leal, Tania, Emilie Destruel Johnson and Bradley Hoot 2018 The realization of information focus in monolingual and bilingual native SpanishLinguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 8:2, pp. 217–251
The strategies used to signal information focus — the non-presupposed part of a sentence — in Spanish are under debate. The literature suggests that focus must appear rightmost; however, empirical evidence shows that speakers also realize focus in-situ. Moreover, there is limited research… read more | Article
Leal, Tania 2016 Look before you move: Clitic Left Dislocation in combination with other elements in the Spanish left peripheryThe 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. 396–428
The present study examines whether, as proposed by the Interface Hypothesis (Sorace, 2011), the syntax-discourse interface is especially vulnerable to non-native optionality even at very advanced levels. I focus on the acquisition of Clitic Left Dislocation in Spanish (CLLD), a structure that… read more | Article