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About Alma P Ramirez-Trujillo

I currently work at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. I am interested in languages in contact, second language acquisition and bilingualism. My dissertation titled “Production of Agreement in Spanish by Nahuatl speakers” focuses on the production of gender, number, subject, verb and object agreement by Nahuatl speakers who speak Spanish as a second language (n=19), simultaneous bilinguals (Spanish-Nahuatl) (n=6), and a group of Spanish monolinguals (n=5).
Through a translation task, an elicited production task and a spontaneous production task I show that contact with the target language (and not the age of acquisition) determines the participants’ performance. That is, those individuals with more contact with the standard variety of Spanish are able to reach a superior stage in the acquisition of their L2, while those speakers with less contact ‘get stuck’ in the production of simplified or transferred forms from their L1 as a result of fossilization. Nonetheless, all participants are able to produce correct forms in their L2, which suggests that there is not a syntactic deficit but a mapping problem. This research highlights the creativity of the interlanguage grammar in order to compensate the lack of appropriate input.

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Present Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages, Emory and Henry College
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Present The University of Western Ontario, Western University
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aramire@alumni.uwo.ca / aramirez@ehc.edu
Emory & Henry College
Foreign Languages Department
P.O. Box 794, Emory, VA. 24327-0794
(276) 944-6655

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Languages in Contact and Language Acquisition (5)

Generative Linguistics (2)

Languages in Contact, Crosslinguistic Influence, Transfer (1)