Ms B.A. (Brechje) van Osch MA


  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Nederlandse Taalkunde
  • Visiting address
    P.C. Hoofthuis
    Spuistraat 134  Amsterdam
  • Postal address:
    Spuistraat  134
    1012 VB  Amsterdam
  • B.A.vanOsch@uva.nl

PhD Project: Interface phenomena Spanish as a heritage language in the Netherlands

My project is about heritage speakers of Spanish in the Netherlands. Since most research has been performed on heritage speakers of Spanish in the US, this project offers an interesting contribution to the field by including a new and relatively undiscovered language pair: Spanish-Dutch

The main focus of my work is on interface phenomena, which are located at the interface between two domains, such as syntax-semantics or syntax-discourse. The Interface Hypothesis (Sorace, 2011) predicts increased vulnerability for these phenomena in bilingual populations, especially for those phenomena that pertain to an external interface between syntax and domains that are located outside of formal grammar, such as discourse or pragmatics. I test multiple interface constructions, such as mood, and word order, that have purely syntactic constraints as well as semantic and/or discourse/pragmatic constraints. This way I try to distinguish between different types of knowledge that speakers may or may not possess about these phenomena. I use judgment tasks,  production tasks and self paced reading tasks, in order to determine whether, if divergent patterns are attested, these are representational in nature or whether we are dealing with processing deficits.  

I am furthermore interested in the comparison between heritage speakers and L2 speakers, particularly regarding the nature of the knowledge that each of these two populations possess (implicit or explicit). My project moreover includes a comparison between heritage speakers in the Netherlands and in the US which is focused on the differential cross-linguistic influence of Dutch and English on subject position in Spanish, as well as a study on the developmental patterns in child heritage speakers of different ages. 

Supervisors

Research Interests

Heritage Language, Spanish, bilingualism, second language acquisition, linguistic interfaces, Interface Hypothesis, subjunctive, subject position, word order, clitics

Feel free to take a look at my CV

  • Interface and non-interface phenomena in heritage speakers and L2 learners of Spanish: Differences and similarities  - NAP-dag, University of Amsterdam  (01-11-2013)
  • Gender agreement in heritage Spanish: a matter of performance? (second author) presented by Pablo Irizarri van Suchtelen - Tin-dag, University of Utrecht (01-02-2014)
  • Gender agreement in interface contexts in the oral production of Spanish heritage speakers in the Netherlands - Tin-dag, University of Utrecht (01-02-2014)
  • Gender agreement in predication and anaphoric context in Spanish heritage speakers in the Netherlands: An exploratory study - National Heritage Language Research Centre Conference, UCLA (07-03-2014)
  • Gender agreement in interface contexts in the oral production of Spanish heritage speakers in the Netherlands, - Linguistic Symposium for Romance Languages (LSRL) in London, Ontario (05-04-2014)
  • Dutch Heritage speakers’ and L2 learners’ performance with Spanish mood in embedded clauses in different contexts - ACLC workshop on heritage speakers, University of Amsterdam (18-08-2014)
  • Heritage speakers’ knowledge of Spanish mood: Interfaces or variability (poster presentation) - Bilingualism in the Hispanic and Lusophone World (BHL), Leiden University (15-01-2015)
  • De invloed van het Nederlands op het Spaans van tweetaligen (a.k.a. heritage speakers) – Master class for  teachers “Multilingualism as motor for language change”, University of Amsterdam (10-04-2015)
  • Spanish heritage speakers in the Netherlands: production and comprehension of mood - International Symposium of Bilingualism (ISB), Rutgers University, new Brunswick (22-05-2015) 
  • Interfaces or Variability? Heritage speakers’ judgments of Spanish mood  (poster presentation) – LOT Summerschool (15-06-2015)
  • Comparing Spanish heritage speakers and L2 speakers in the Netherlands: mood in syntax and interface contexts - Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA) at the University of Nantes (12-09-2015
  • Gender agreement outside the DP in the oral production of Spanish heritage speakers in the Netherlands. Workshop: “Lost in Transmission? The Role of Attrition and Input in Heritage Language Development”, University of Reading (08-10-2015)
  • Variable subject verb word order in heritage speakers of Spanish in the Netherlands - NAP-dag, University of Amsterdam (20-11-2015)
  • Interface constraints on word order in Spanish heritage speakers - TIN-dag, University of Utrecht (06-02-2016)
  • Spanish heritage speakers in the Netherlands: word order alternation at the internal and the external interface - Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Stony Brook University (02-04-2016)
  • Subject position in Spanish adult and child heritage speakers in the Netherlands (joint presentation with Elisabet García González) -  Workhop: “Heritage Language Acquisition: Breaking New Ground in Methodology and Domains of Inquiry, University of Tromsø (20-09-2016)
  • Topic, focus and unaccusativity determining subject position in Spanish as a heritage language in the Netherlands (presented by Petra Sleeman) - The Romance Turn VIII, University of Barcelona (30-09-2016)
  • Subject position in L2 and heritage Spanish in the Netherlands - Hispanics Linguistics Symposium (HLS), Georgetown University (08-10-2016)
  • Heritage speakers of Spanish in the Netherlands vs. the US: Vulnerability at the interfaces – Invited guest speaker at Yale University (04-11-2016)
  • Heritage Spanish in the Netherlands and the US: Interface Vulnerability – Invited guest speaker at Rutgers University, New Brunswick (07-11-2016)
  • Heritage speakers of Spanish in the US and in the Netherlands - Invited guest speaker at Rutgers University, Newark (16-11-2016)
  • Cross-linguistic influence on subject position in heritage Spanish. – Workshop “Cross–linguistic influence (in multilingualism): interdisciplinary approaches”, Amsterdam (13-01-2017)
  • Poster Presentation: Subject Position in Spanish as a heritage language in the Netherlands. - Bilingualism in the Hispanic and Lusophone world (BHL), Florida State University, Tallahassee (27-01-2017)
  • Subject position in L2 and heritage Spanish in the Netherlands.  – Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW), Leiden University (27-01-2017)
  • Subject position in L2 and heritage Spanish in the Netherlands.  –  Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW), Linguistics Lounge, University of Amsterdam (16-03-2017)
  • Poster: Child and Adult Heritage Spanish in the Netherlands: the Development of Subject Position. - Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA), University of Southampton (07-03-2017)
  • Early vs. Late Acquisition of Spanish: Heritage speakers vs. L2 speakers. – LAS (Latin-American Studies) seminar, Leiden University (18-05-2017)
  • Subject position in Spanish heritage language development. – ISB (International Symposium of Bilingualism), University of Limerick (14-06-2017)
  • Subject Position in Heritage Spanish in the Netherlands and the US: A Case for Cross-linguistic influence. – Workshop “Bilingualism vs. Monolingualism: A new perspective on limitations to L2 acquisition, University of Toulouse (20-06-2017)
  • Comparing Heritage Speakers with Different Dominant Languages: the Influence from Dutch and English on Subject Position.  – GALA (Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition), Universitat de les Illes Balears, Palma de Malorca (7-9 September, 2017)

2017

  • van Osch, B. A., Aalberse, S. P., Hulk, A. C. J., & Sleeman, A. P. (in press). Mood Distinctions by Spanish Heritage Speakers in the Netherlands: A Question of Interfaces or Variability? In K. Bellamy, M. Child, & M. C. Parafita Couto (Eds.), Multidisciplinary Approaches to Bilingualism in the Hispanic and Lusophone World John Benjamins.

2016

  • van Osch, B. A., & Sleeman, A. P. (2016). Spanish heritage speakers in the Netherlands: Linguistic patterns in the judgment and production of mood. . International Journal of Bilingualism.

2014

  • van Osch, B., Hulk, A., Sleeman, P., & Irizarri van Suchtelen, P. (2014). Gender agreement in interface contexts in the oral production of heritage speakers of Spanish in the Netherlands. AVT Publications, 31, 93-106. DOI: 10.1075/avt.31.08osc  [details] 

2017

  • van Osch, B. A., Aalberse, S. P., Hulk, A. C. J., & Sleeman, A. P. (2017). Subject Position in Spanish as a heritage language in the Netherlands: Interface Vulnerability and Cross-linguistic Influence. Poster session presented at Bilingualism in the Hispanic and Lusophone World, Tallahassee, United States.
  • van Osch, B. A., Aalberse, S. P., Hulk, A. C. J., & Sleeman, A. P. (2017). Cross-linguistic influence on subject position in heritage Spanish. Paper presented at Cross–linguistic influence (in multilingualism), Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2016

  • van Osch, B. A., Aalberse, S. P., Hulk, A. C. J., & Sleeman, A. P. (2016). Subject position in L2 and heritage Spanish in the Netherlands. Paper presented at Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, Georgetown, United States.
  • van Osch, B. A., Aalberse, S. P., Hulk, A. C. J., & Sleeman, A. P. (2016). Topic, focus and unaccusativity determining subject position in Spanish as a heritage language in the Netherlands. Paper presented at The Romance Turn VIII, Barcelona, Spain.
  • van Osch, B. A., García González, E., Aalberse, S. P., Hulk, A. C. J., & Sleeman, A. P. (2016). Subject position in Spanish heritage adults and children in the Netherlands. Paper presented at Heritage Language Acquisition: Breaking New Ground in Methodology and Domains of Inquiry, Tromso, Norway.
  • van Osch, B. A., Aalberse, S. P., Hulk, A. C. J., & Sleeman, A. P. (2016). Spanish heritage speakers in the Netherlands: Word order alternation at the internal and the external interface. Paper presented at Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (SLRL), Stony Brook, United States.
  • van Osch, B. A., Aalberse, S. P., Hulk, A. C. J., & Sleeman, A. P. (2016). Interface constraints on word order in Spanish heritage speakers. Paper presented at TIN dag, Utrecht, Netherlands.

2015

  • van Osch, B. A., Aalberse, S. P., Hulk, A. C. J., & Sleeman, A. P. (2015). Variable subject verb word order in heritage speakers of Spanish in the Netherlands. Paper presented at NAP-dag 2015, Amsterdam, .

Journal editor

  • van Osch, Brechje (reviewer) (2016-): International Journal of Bilingualism (Journal).

Keynote / invited lecture

  • van Osch, Brechje (speaker) (7-11-2016): Heritage Spanish in the Netherlands and the US: Interface Vulnerability, Rutgers University.
  • van Osch, Brechje (speaker) (4-11-2016): Heritage speakers of Spanish in the Netherlands vs. the US: Vulnerability at the Interfaces, Yale University.
  • van Osch, Brechje (speaker) (16-11-2016): Heritage speakers of Spanish in the US and in the Netherlands, Rutgers University.
  • van Osch, Brechje (speaker) (10-4-2015): De invloed van het Nederlands op het Spaans van tweetaligen, Masterclass: Meertaligheid als motor van taalverandering, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Others

  • van Osch, Brechje (host) (27-5-2016): M. Sharwood-Smith (hosting an academic visitor).
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