Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

DFG AL 554/7-1; AL554/7-2: Acquisition of Voice

This project aims to investigate the acquisition of Voice alternations. We aim to explore how bilingual children, who are exposed to languages that have different morpho-syntactic ways to express Voice alternations, acquire these Voice systems. In particular, we investigate the acquisition of reflexives/reciprocals, unmarked and marked anticausatives, and passives by bilingual German-Greek speaking children in Germany. 

The reasons for choosing this population is because German and Greek show significant morpho-syntactic differences in their Voice systems; hence, exploring German-Greek bilingual children will help us to figure out whether there is an interaction between their two different Voice systems and/or whether these two systems develop separately. 
PhD researcher (2017-2019)
Christina Grey
PostDoc (2013-2016)
(PH Freiburg)
Prof. Spyridoula Varlokosta, University of Athens
Prof. Arhonto Terzi, Technological Educational Institute of Patras
Dr. Kazuko Yatsushiro, Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)