This talk will evaluate the gradual loss of dative case in US Spanish. We will discuss evidence from several studies that explore dative experiencer predicates, p-stranding and indirect passives in the grammars of monolingual speakers, first-generation immigrants, and heritage speakers. Results indicate that the grammars of heritage speakers allow for two inconsistent options for these properties that co-exist at the representational level. This is the product of a complex set of factors that include: age of onset of bilingualism, input differences, and the possibility of changes in progress in monolingual varieties being accelerated in a bilingual context.
Inmaculada Gómez Soler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at the University of Memphis where she also coordinates the Lower-Division Spanish Program and supervises Graduate Teaching Assistants. Additionally, she is an affiliated faculty member of the Institute for Intelligent Systems at the same university. Inma obtained her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012. Her research focuses on second language acquisition and heritage speaker bilingualism, especially as it pertains to the syntax-semantics and syntax-pragmatics interface.
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