The Clausal Architecture in Naturally Acquired German by Adult Korean Native Speakers

CGS Brown Bag Lecture Series
Nov 15, 2017
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
157 Burrowes

Hyoun-A Joo, Penn State

In this lecture, Hyoun-A is presenting her dissertation research where she is asking how the German syntactic structure found representation in the minds of Korean immigrants in Germany. In the 70s, many Koreans moved to Germany for work purposes and they acquired German predominantly naturally by living and working in Germany rather than through formal instruction. Today, after more than 40 years, this population’s L2 German acquisition has reached a stable state and they developed into very different levels of proficiency. This presents a favorable situation to investigate the syntactic structure of German as it may have taken different forms in the minds of natural L2 acquirers. By pursuing this research, Hyoun-A aims to evaluate theories about the development of the German syntactic structure with insights from a matured clausal architecture, thereby advancing our understanding of how languages are acquired.

Hyoun-A is a graduate student in the German Department pursuing a dual degree in German Applied Linguistics and Language Science. Her current research interests involve second language acquisition and maintenance, as well as syntax. Having grown up within two languages and cultures, Hyoun-A developed a natural interest for bi-/multilingualism, which led her to work in Berlin, Seoul, and now Penn State. Her life and work experience in three different countries crucially shaped her sensitivity for ‘global citizenship’ that she also integrates into her research.

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