Sekerina colloquium abstract

Online Spoken Language Comprehension in Heritage Speakers:
Evidence from Eye Movements

What are the factors that characterize online spoken language comprehension in heritage speakers? How does it differ from that of native monolingual adults and children? In this talk, I will present the results of three visual world eye-tracking experiments that investigated spoken language comprehension in heritage Russian speakers and compare them with those in native Russian-speaking adults and children. The experimental materials tested heritage speakers' ability to interpret three Russian constructions: prepositional phrase attachment (e.g., Put the frog on the napkin in the box), contrastive constituents, and the universal quantifier every.