2019 HERITAGE LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM
Saturday, March, 16th 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
University of Washington
Mary Gates Hall 241
Global Seal of Biliteracy Reception
Sponsored by https://www.globalsealofbiliteracy.net/
4:00-6:00 pm with light refreshments
University of Washington Mary Gates Hall Atrium (main floor)
The UW STARTALK program invites you to join language teaching colleagues from the University of Washington and around the state for our sixth STARTALK-sponsored symposium on working with heritage language learners. This year we are pleased to feature a variety of presentations and languages.
University of Washington:
STARTALK Program, Language Learning Center, Spanish & Portuguese Studies, Center for Global Studies, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Center for Spanish Heritage Learning.
Additional Agencies and Organizations:
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction World Languages Program, One America, One City Project, One World Now, Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT), National Heritage Language Resource Center.
(Dr. Ana Fernández Dobao, Associate Professor, Spanish; Language Program Director, at the UW)
In this presentation, I examine the use of the term ‘incomplete acquisition’ and the controversy it has generated in recent years (cf. Pascual y Cabo & Rothman, 2012; Kupisch & Rothman, 2016; Silva-Corvalán, 2018). Although the matter is a question of terminology, the debate reflects a very real dilemma in how to describe and ultimately explain heritage speakers’ language abilities. Are heritage speakers like native speakers in some ways and different in others? Is it fair to expect heritage speakers to wind up with grammars like native monolinguals? To shed light on these questions, I examine the original use of the term ‘incomplete acquisition’, the critiques against it, and the most recent line of argumentation to defend it. I will conclude by presenting my own research on innovation/creativity in Spanish, which suggests that ‘incompleteness’ is not the only outcome of heritage language acquisition.
(Keynote by Dr. Eve Zyzik, Professor of Spanish / Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics, University of California, Santa Cruz)