Workshop on L2 sentence and discourse processing

Funded by SFB 1252 Prominence in Language

Friday 18th November 2022, University of Cologne, Room 2.101 in Building 102


Dr. Clare Patterson, University of Cologne

Prof. Dr. Jacopo Torregrossa, Goethe University Frankfurt

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sol Lago, Goethe University Frankfurt

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together researchers in and around Germany who are working on topics related to sentence and discourse processing in bilingual populations, to exchange ideas, identify common topics and to network with other researchers in this field. Due to the pandemic, opportunities for local networking have been limited in the last few years; this particularly affects early-career researchers. We would very much welcome posters on current or planned work from researchers in this category!

Invited speakers

Prof. Dr. Shanley Allen (TU Kaiserslautern)

Prof. Dr. Sarah Schimke (LMU München)

Prof. Dr. Theo Marinis (University of Konstanz)


Registration is obligatory. Registration has now closed. Registered attendees will receive a confirmation email with further details shortly. The workshop is free of charge. A light vegetarian lunch will be provided.


Please prepare your posters in A1 portrait format.


Thursday 17th November: 19:15-21:15: warm-up social event, Haus Unkelbach (Luxemburger Str. 260, 50937 Cologne: Tram Line 18 stop “Sülzburgstrasse”)

Friday 18th November

09:00-10:00Invited talk, Shanley Allen
What effect do heritage languages have on majority English 
in adolescent and adult heritage speaker bilinguals?
10:00-10:30Coffee break
10:30-11:30Poster session 1
11:30-12:30Invited talk, Sarah Schimke
L1 effects and general learner effects in L2 syntactic and discourse processing
14:00-15:00Poster session 2
15:00-15:30Coffee break
15:30-16:30Invited talk, Theo Marinis
On-line sentence comprehension and production across child bilingual groups: gaps and future directions

Poster Session 1

NameAffiliationPoster Title
Miriam BrockmeyerLMU München/TU DortmundEffects of Predictability and Possibility on Prediction Error in Language Processing
Maria FerinUniversity of KonstanzRhetorical questions
Freya GastmannTU DortmundLexical effects in L2 learners’ non-canonical sentence processing
Figen KaracaRadboud UniversityLanguage experience facilitates predictive processing
Kalliopi KatsikaTU KaiserslauternChildren’s online processing of relative clauses: evidence from majority and heritage Greek
Yung Han KhoeCentre for Language Studies, Radboud UniversityIs cross-language structural priming modulated by proficiency in simultaneous bilinguals?
Mercedes Martinez BrueraGoethe University FrankfurtDiachronic change and bilingualism: acceptability of clitic doubling in monolingual and heritage Spanish
Onur ÖzsoyLeibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine SprachwissenschaftIndividual variation in Turkish-German heritage speakers’ predictive use of case: Remote vs in-lab eye-tracking
Ana Rita Sá LeiteGoethe University FrankfurtGender asymmetries in language processing
Duygu ŞafakTU BraunschweigSyntactic priming in adult L2 learners during sentence comprehension
Daniel WeingärtnerGoethe University FrankfurtDiachronic change and heritage languages: transitive reading of null objects in monolingual varieties of Portuguese and heritage Portuguese

Poster Session 2

NameAffiliationPoster Title
Anamaria BenteaUniversity of KonstanzGender agreement attraction in L1 and L2 French speakers
Victoria Cano SánchezUniversity of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)Eye-tracking subject-verb agreement attraction errors in the bilingual aging brain
Nina DumrukcicUniversity of CologneAllomorphy in Hybrid Verb-Formations
Leigh FernandezTU KaiserslauternWhat happens when predictions are not met? A VWP study investigating L1 and L2 speakers
Angelika GolegosUniversity of KonstanzIs stress a cue for the interpretation of pronouns in adult Italian and Greek L2 learners of German?
Ioannis IliopoulosUniversity of PotsdamAspectual backgrounding facilitates Condition C violation in L1 and L2 comprehension
 Fenia KarkaletsouTU KaiserslauternProcessing of ungrammatical structures in English-French bilingualism: Preliminary design of an Acceptability Judgment and a Structural Priming Task
Kristin LemhöferDonders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior, Radboud UniversityOn rule formers and data gatherers: Qualitative individual differences in L2 grammar processing and how to study them
Xinyi LiCLUNL-The Linguistics Research Centre of NOVA University Lisbon Testing the syntax and processing of cleft structures in L1 and L2 European Portuguese
Andrea ListantiUniversity of FrankfurtThe processing of postverbal subject in L2 Italian: comparing unaccusative and unergative constructions
Anna MichelottiUniversity MannheimPriming of form-function mappings within and across languages: Motion event constructions in German-Italian bilinguals
Teresa QuesadaUniversity of Granada; Goethe University of FrankfurtTesting the effect of distance on anaphora resolution in L2 English: some experimental ideas

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