Marlyse Baptista, Erica Beck and Susan Gelman presented “Testing the congruence hypothesis in language contact” for the Society of Pidgin and Creole Linguistics in a joint meeting with the Linguistic Society of America in Minneapolis on January 4th, 2014.
The language contact literature is replete with examples illustrating congruence but there has been consistent criticism of the methodology used to detect it. This paper fills this methodological gap by making the mechanism observable and by formulating a testable hypothesis to demonstrate it. We present results from an experiment involving 93 English speakers learning an artificial language to test the hypothesis that speakers make use more readily of morphological and semantic elements that converge across two and potentially multiple sources of input. We designed a congruent, reversed and novel condition. Participants in the congruent condition acquired novel units more readily.
At the Society of Pidgin and Creole Linguistics in a joint meeting with the Linguistic Society of America, Marlyse Baptista was further invited to participate to a panel on “Creolistics, the next 25 years: Round Table Discussion on the Occasion of the SPCL’s 25th Anniversary.” The other panelists were Peter Bakker and Eric Russell.
Marlyse will serve as the co-chair of the Program Committee for the Linguistic Society of America from 2014-2016.