Professor Martha Young-Scholten
Professor of Second Language Acquisition
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- Address: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
My research, teaching and supervision spans the second language acquisition of morpho-syntax and of phonology, and the development of reading by adult migrants, mostly relating to English and German. I supervise students working on a range of languages including Arabic, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish and Thai. My own and my students’ exploration of extra-linguistic factors, from input to working memory to appropriate of reading materials, is prompting new cross-disciplinary collaborations.
I was born in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA, and in a former life, I was a camp counsellor, a children's ski instructor, a cedar shake packer and a Seattle Space Needle waitress. I became interested in matters linguistic when the standard German I'd learned was useless when trying to comprehend the German dialect spoken by my EFL students in the Black Forest. I started university and then for my MA returned to Baden Württemberg to compare primary school Swabian dialect speakers' and Turkish immigrant children's acquisition of standard German inflectional morphology and phonology. This set me on a lifelong course of asking questions which haven't yet occurred to others to ask.
I have an MA and a PhD in linguistics from University of Washington in Seattle (committee: Ellen Kaisse (chair); committee members: Joseph Emonds, Sharon Hargus and Joseph Voyles. My data collection was supported by an MA fellowship from 1983 to 1984 (DAAD, Southwest German dialects, Universität Tubingen) and a PhD fellowship from 1988 to 1989 (Fulbright Foundation, German phonology, Universität Bielefeld).
I currently conduct research in these areas
- Second language acquisition of morpho-syntax, particularly by adult migrants with little formal education
- Second language acquisition of phonology and related issues, including orthographic exposure
- Second language reading development by migrant adults
New The Heritage Language Hub. Helping low-educated migrants maintain their home language
Ongoing Simply Cracking Good Stories. Creating fiction for low-literate adults, with Margaret Wilkinson: http://simplystories.org/
2015-2018 EU-Speak: Training and developing teachers and tutors who work with low-educated immigrant adults, funded by Erasmus : https://research.ncl.ac.uk/eu-speak/eu-speak32015to2018/
2012-2015 The Digital Literacy Instructor, funded by Grundtvig: http://diglin.eu/
2013-2015 The morphosyntactic development of naturalistic adult learners of L2 English, funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme
Co-editor of series: De Gruyter Mouton SOLA series and Narr/Francke/Attempo Bilingualism and Multilingualism
Research student supervision (PhDs)
My current students' topics include L2 phonology of French and of L2 English; morphological awareness by bilingual Arabic-English children; literacy and orthography in beginning L2 English phonology; native tone attrition by Mandarin speakers of English; early morphosyntactic development of L2 Mandarin learners; beginning reading with DigLin software; types of exposure in children's early L2 English phonology;L2 Arabic phonology of domestic helpers.
Students who have recently completed their PhDs with me:
L2 English phonology by Tera speakers, Rebecca Musa, 2018
Pre- and post-medium of instruction English in Malaysia, Monaliza Sarbini-Zin, 2018
Arabic, Finnish and French pronominal subjects in L2 English, Naif Alsaedi, 2017
Acquisition of English articles by Arabic speakers, Abdulrahman Al Zamil, 2016
Learner tracking in computer-assisted L2 English, Rola Naeb, 2015
Eye-tracking of Arabic and Chinese L2 English learners' morphosyntax, Walid Kahoul, 2014
Arabic and Chinese speakers' acquisition of binding in L2 English, Amer Al Kafri, 2013
Multi-competence in German, Petra Schoofs, 2013
Child L2 English phonology in Hong Kong, Alex Leung, 2012
Working memory and complex syntax in Chinese L2 English, Clare Wright, 2011
Instructed L2 French morphosyntax, Vivienne Rogers, 2011
The pragmatics of L2 misunderstandings, Enas El-Sadek, 2010
Extensive reading in Taiwan in
primary English, I-Ching Chiang (Newcastle 2009)
Task-based learning in university-level English, Abdulrahman Amin (Newcastle 2009)
Curriculum, method in Kuwait in primary English, Nowreyah Al Nouh (Newcastle 2008)
Arabic speakers’ lexical segmentation in English, Faisal Al Jasser (Newcastle 2008)
Farsi children’s English morphosyntactic development, Mohsen Mobaraki (Durham 2007)
Input and primary English pronunciation in Thailand, Suthee Sumdangdej (Durham 2007)
English speakers’ non-nominative subjects in Spanish, Marcela Cazzoli-Goeta (Durham 2005)
Finnish and English speakers’ Korean stops, Jeong-Young Kim (Durham 2005)
Dyslexia in Arabic, Gad Elbeheri (Durham 2004)
Mauritian Creole/French speakers’ English achievement, Satish Mahadeo (Durham 2004)
Bilinguals’ & English speakers’ Japanese syllable structure, Naomi Cross (Durham 2002)
Japanese speakers’ attrition of anaphors in English, Bede McCormack (Durham 2001)
Japanese speakers’ prosodic development in English, Mamiko Akita (Durham 2001)
Arabic speakers’ acquisition of tense/aspect in English, Soliman Mazyad (Durham 1999)
English speakers’ Spanish syllable and metrical structure, Ana Parrondo-Rodríguez (Durham 1999)
Inherent aspect in the L2 English of Farsi speakers, Ali Jabbari (Durham 1998)
Syntactic symmetry, Denise Brown (Durham 1996)
Setting Language Acquisition Research to Music (Aimhigher)
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Introduction to language Acquisition (semester 1) SEL2086
Starting with an overview of first language acquisition, a range of current issues (sometimes in their historical perspective) is presented in a two-hour lecture component. Support seminars involve students working in teams on small-scale studies of second language learners using data from established corpora, from YouTube or data students themselves.
Immigrant Second Language and Literacy Acquisition (semester 2) SEL3012
Takes a linguo-cognitive perspective on how adult migrants cope with the many challenges, including literacy, of learning a new language.
Introduction to Second Language Acquisition (semester 1) SEL8643
With a brief overview of major studies of children’s acquisition of a first language, the central issues and the main approaches to the study of the acquisition of a second language (primarily by adults) are then covered in the lecture component. Students work together on a 'first exposure' study for their assessment and discuss selected seminal works on SLA in the weekly two-hour seminars.
Phonology in Second Language Acquisition (semester 2) SEL8338
Rather than solely focus solely on the now considerable research on L2 phonology, a means of navigation through and around the edges of this body of work is also offered. In part I, we concentrate on acquisition of a second phonology but also consider various possible influences on route and end state. In part 2, we consider how phonology can explain variation in the acquisition of morphosyntax.
- Wright Clare, Piske Thorsten, Young-Scholten Martha. Mind Matters in SLA. Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 2018. In Press.
- Haznedar B, Peyton JK, Young-Scholten M. Teaching adult migrants: A focus on the languages they speak. Critical Multilingualism Studies 2018, 6(1), 155-183.
- Kahoul W, Vainikka A, Young-Scholten M. Solving the mystery of the missing surface inflections. In: Wright, Piske and Young-Scholten, ed. Mind Matters in SLA. Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 2018. In Preparation.
- Haznedar B, Peyton JK, Young-Scholten M. Teaching adult migrants: A focus on the languages they speak . Critical Multilingualism Studies 2018, 6.1.
- Vainikka A, Young-Scholten M. Finding their heads: How immigrant adults posit L2 functional projections. In: Arteaga,D, ed. Festschrift for Julia Herschensohn. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2017. In Preparation.
- Vainikka A, Young-Scholten M, Ijuin C, Jarad S. Literacy in the development of L2 English morphosyntax. In: Sosinski,M, ed. Low-educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition: Theory, Practice and Policy. Granada: University of Granada, 2017. In Preparation.
- Young-Scholten M, Limon H. Creating new fiction for low-educated immigrant adults: Leapfrogging to Digital. The International Journal of the Book 2015, 13(4), 1-9.
- Young-Scholten M, Langer M. The role of orthographic input in L2 German: Evidence from naturalistic adult learners’ production. Applied Psycholinguistics 2015, 36(1), 93-114.
- Young-Scholten M. Who are adolescents and adults who develop literacy for the first time in an L2, and why are they of research interest?. Writing Systems Research 2015, 7(1), 1-3.
- Young-Scholten M. Great expectations in phonology? Second language acqusition research and its relation to the teaching of younger and older learners. In: Whong, M., Marsden, H., Gil, K, ed. UG and the Second Language Classroom. Springer, 2013. In Press.
- Young-Scholten Martha. Low-educated immigrants and the social relevance of second language acquisition research. Second Language Research 2013, 29(4), 441-454.
- Leung A, Young-Scholten M. Reaching out to the other side: Formal-linguistics-based SLA and Socio-SLA . Applied Linguistics Review 2013, 4(2), 259-290.
- Vainikka A, Young-Scholten M. Stage-like development and organic grammar. In: Julia Herschensohn and Martha Young-Scholten, ed. The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013, pp.581-604.
- Herschensohn J, Young-Scholten M, ed. The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
- Vainikka A, Young-Scholten M. Universal Minimal Structure: Evidence and theoretical ramifications. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 2013, 3(2), 180-212.
- Vainikka A, Young-Scholten M. The straight and narrow path. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 2012, 2(3), 319-323.
- Young-Scholten M. Development in phonology: Another perspective on age. In: Dziubalska-Kołaczyk, K., Wrembel, M., Kul, M, ed. Achievements and Perspectives in SLA of Speech. Berlin: Peter Lang, 2011, pp.331-342.
- Vainikka A, Young-Scholten M. The Acquisition of German: Introducing Organic Grammar. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 2011.
- Cazzoli-Goeta M, Young-Scholten M. Yo gusto... Expanding choice or syntactic attrition?. In: Potowski, K., Rothman, J, ed. Bilingual Youth: Spanish in English-Speaking Societies. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2011, pp.201-226.
- Cazzoli-Goeta M, Guijarro-Fuentes P, Young-Scholten M. Investigating UK Spanish variety: Implications for heritage speaker acquisition. In: Guijarro-Fuentes, P; Domínguez, L, ed. New Directions in Language Acquisition: Romance Languages in the Generative Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, 2010.
- Wilkinson M, Young-Scholten M. Writing to a brief: Creating fiction for immigrant adults. In: 6th Annual Conference on Low Educated Adult Second Language and Literacy Acquisition. 2010, Cologne, Germany: LOT.
- Piske T, Young-Scholten M, ed. Input Matters in SLA. Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 2009.
- Young-Scholten Martha, Strom Nancy. First-time L2 readers: Is there a critical period?. In: Kurvers, Jeanne; van der Craats, Ineke; Young-Scholten, Martha, ed. Low Educated Adult Second Language and Literacy. Utrecht: LOT, 2006, pp.45-68.
- Young-Scholten M, Ijuin C. How can we best measure adult ESL student progress?. TESOL Adult Education Interest Section Newsletter 2006, 4(2), 1-4.
- Vainikka A, Young-Scholten M. Minimalism vs. Organic Syntax. In: Karimi, S., Simiian, V., Wilkins, W, ed. Clever and Right : Linguistic Studies in Honor of Joseph Emonds. Dordrect: Kluwer, 2006, pp.to appear.
- Unsworth S, Parodi T, Sorace A, Young-Scholten M, ed. Paths of Development in L1 and L2 Acquisition. Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2006.
- Vainikka A, Young-Scholten M. The roots of syntax and how they grow: Organic Grammar, the Basic Variety and Processability Theory. In: Unsworth, S., Parodi, T., Sorace, A., Young-Scholten, M, ed. Paths of Development in L1 and L2 Acquisition: In honor of Bonnie D. Schwartz. Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2006, pp.77-106.
- Young-Scholten M. Is there a critical period for learning to read?. In: IATEFL Conference Selections. 2004, Liverpool, UK.
- Young-Scholten M. Prosodic constraints on allophonic distribution in adult L2 acquisition. International Journal of Bilingualism. Special Issue on the Acquisition of Second Language Phonology 2004, 8(1), 67-77.
- Vainikka A, Young-Scholten M. [Book review] Hawkins, R. 'Second Language Syntax: A Generative Introduction', Wiley-Blackwell: 2001. Lingua 2003, 113(1), 93-102.
- Archibald J, Young-Scholten M. The second language segment revisited. Second Language Research 2003, 19(3), 163–167.
- Young-Scholten M. Orthographic input in L2 phonological development. In: Burmeister, P., Piske, T., Rohde, A, ed. An Integrated View of Language Development: Papers in Honor of Henning Wode. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2002, pp.263-279.
- Vainikka A, Young-Scholten M. Restructuring the CP in L2 German. In: XXVI Conference on Boston University Conference on Language Development. 2002, Boston, Massachusetts, USA: Cascadilla Press.
- Klove MH, Young-Scholten M. Repair of L2 Syllables through Metathesis. International Review of Applied Linguistics 2001, 39(2), 103-134.