Tania Ionin

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




This paper reports on an experimental investigation of what second language (L2) learners and heritage speakers of Russian know about the relationship between word order and information structure in Russian. The participants completed a bimodal acceptability judgment task, rating the acceptability… read more
This paper examines whether adult learners of English whose native languages (Korean and Mandarin Chinese) lack articles are influenced by transfer from demonstratives and numerals in their acquisition of English articles. To this end, the results of two studies are reported. The first study… read more
This study investigates how L1-Korean L2-English learners perform with regard to articles in both explicit and implicit tasks. It also examines the role of L1-transfer from Korean demonstratives to English definites in L2 article production. 21 native English speakers and 27 adult intermediate… read more
Wu, Mien-Jen and Tania Ionin 2022 L1-Mandarin L2-English learners’ acquisition of English double-quantifier scopeGenerative SLA in the Age of Minimalism: Features, interfaces, and beyond, Leal, Tania, Elena Shimanskaya and Casilde A. Isabelli (eds.), pp. 93–114 | Chapter
English double-quantifier configurations such as A dog scared every man are ambiguous between a surface-scope reading (there exists one specific dog which scared every man) and an inverse-scope reading (each man was scared by a possibly different dog), while the Mandarin equivalent only has the… read more
Ionin, Tania and Hélade Scutti Santos 2021 Sources of knowledge in L 3 acquisitionEpistemological issue: Sources of knowledge in L3 acquisition, Flores, Cristina and Neal Snape (eds.), pp. 65–69 | Commentary
This commentary on Schwartz and Sprouse (2021) focuses on three aspects of their proposal for L3-acquisition: the need to test the role of UG in L3-acquisition; the question of what exactly transfers in the case of transfer from the L2 Interlanguage to the L3; and the distinction between transfer… read more
This study investigates whether L2-learners from generalized classifier (GC) languages (Korean and Chinese) can acquire the count/mass distinction of English, in the domain of singular NP interpretation. We hypothesize that L1-Korean/Chinese L2-English learners transfer the properties of NP… read more
Ionin, Tania, Elaine Grolla, Hélade Scutti Santos and Silvina Montrul 2015 Interpretation of NPs in generic and existential contexts in L3 Brazilian PortugueseLinguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 5:2, pp. 215–251 | Article
This paper examines the interpretation of NPs in generic and existential contexts in the acquisition of Brazilian Portuguese (BrP) as a third language (L3) by learners who speak English and a Romance language (Spanish, French or Italian). The paper examines whether transfer / cross-linguistic… read more
Ionin, Tania 2014 Epistemic and scopal properties of some indefinitesWeak Referentiality, Aguilar-Guevara, Ana, Bert Le Bruyn and Joost Zwarts (eds.), pp. 45–72 | Article
This paper experimentally examines the behavior of English some indefinites, addressing the following research questions. (i) How do singular some indefinites behave with respect to scopal (non-)specificity? (ii) How do singular some indefinites pattern with respect to epistemic… read more
Ionin, Tania and Silvina Montrul 2009 Article use and generic reference: Parallels between L1- and L2-acquisitionSecond Language Acquisition of Articles: Empirical findings and theoretical implications, García Mayo, María del Pilar and Roger Hawkins (eds.), pp. 147–173 | Article
Ionin, Tania 2008 Progressive aspect in child L2 EnglishCurrent Trends in Child Second Language Acquisition: A generative perspective, Haznedar, Belma and Elena Gavruseva (eds.), pp. 17–53 | Article
This paper investigates the use of -ing forms and bare verb forms in progressive contexts in cross-sectional data of L1-Russian L2-English children. It is proposed that child L2-learners are guided by the Uniqueness Principle (cf. Wexler & Culicover 1980; Pinker 1989; Clark 1987; among others),… read more
Ionin, Tania 2006 A Comparison of article semantics in L2 acquisition and Creole languagesL2 Acquisition and Creole Genesis: Dialogues, Lefebvre, Claire, Lydia White and Christine Jourdan (eds.), pp. 253–273 | Article