The University of Iowa

Elena Gavruseva

Elena Gavruseva
Associate Professor
Education: 
PhD, Georgetown University, 1997
Office: 
551 English-Philosophy Building
Phone: 
319-335-1847
Office Hours: 
MW 1:50PM - 3:20PM and by appointment
Research Interests: 
syntax/morphology, first and second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, discourse analysis
Current Courses: 

Course #

Title

Location

Time

 103:141 The Structure of English  104 EPB  MWF 12:30-1:20
 103:156 Child Language-Linguistic Perspectives  203 EPB  MWF 9:30-10:20
Current Research Projects: 
  • Semantic properties of root infinitives in Slavic, Germanic, and Romance
  • Interpretation of perfective preverbs in child Russian
  • Expletive negation in child Russian (with John Grinstead, Ohio State U)
  • (Under review) Revisiting the Modal Reference Effect in child first language acquisition
  • (In progress) On the role of modality in the semantics of root infinitives in child L2 English (a version will be presented as a paper at the workshop on the "Expression of temporality by L2 learners of French and English), May 22-24, University of Montpellier, France
  • (In progress) The semantics of definiteness and specificity in adult L2 English: the count/mass distinction (with graduate student Garrett Larson)
Recent Publications: 

2010 "Child second language acquisition: new issues, new horizons." (With B. Haznedar; to appear in J. Herschensohn and M. Young-Scholten (Eds.), Handbook of Second Language Acquisition.)

2008 The Proceedings of the 9th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2007). Cascadilla Press, Boston: MA. (Edited with R. Slabakova, J. Rothman, and P. Kempchinsky.)

2008 Current trends in child second language acquisition: a generative perspective. John Benjamins: Amsterdam. (Edited with B. Haznedar.)

2008 "On the asymmetry in the acquisition of copula and auxiliary ‘be’ in child L2
English." (In Haznedar, B. & Gavruseva, E. (Eds.), Current trends in child second language acquisition: a generative perspective, 145-176. John Benjamins.).

2008 "Syntactic frames and morphological cues in the acquisition of adjectives in child English and child Russian." (In The Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (Eds. Jane Chandlee et al.), 187-198. Somerville, MA.).

2007 "Perfectivity semantics, telicity, and event structure in child Russian." (In The Proceedings of Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (Eds. A. Gavarró & M. João Costa). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.).

2005 "On the role of QP in the acquisition of finiteness in child L2." (In In J. Liceras et al., (Eds.), L2 links: The Role of Features in Second Language Acquisition, 404-431. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum).

2004 "Root Infinitives in Child L2 English: An Aspectual Features Account" (In Second Language Research 4: 335-371).

2003 “Aspect and finiteness in the English/Spanish bilingual acquisition” (In First Language 23-2: 171-192, with Damaris Castro).

2003 “L2 root infinitives uprooted and revisited” (in EUROSLA Yearbook 2003, eds. Susan H. Foster-Cohen & Simona Pekarek, John Benjamins).

2003 “Aktionsart, aspect, and the acquisition of finiteness in early child grammar” (In Linguistics 41-4: 723-55).

2003 “On the Syntax of Predication in Child L2 English” (in The Proceedings of Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA), eds. Juana M. Liceras, Helmut Zobl, and Helen Goodluck, Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA; with Melissa Meisterheim)

2003 “The Complicity of Telicity in the Root Infinitive Effect in Child L2 English” (in The Proceedings of Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA), eds. Juana M. Liceras, Helmut Zobl, and Helen Goodluck, Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA).

2002 “Aspect, Eventivity, and Finiteness in Early Child Grammar” (in The Proceedings of Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA), eds. João Costa and Maria João Freitas, Lisbon, Portugal, 68-75).

2002 “Is There Primacy of Aspect in Child L2 Acquisition?” (In Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 5-2: 109-130).

2001 “Getting it Right: Acquisition of Whose-questions in Child English” (In Language Acquisition 9-3: 229-267, with Rosalind Thornton).

2000 “On the Syntax of Possessor Extraction”. In Lingua 110, 743-772.

2000 ”Aspect parameter in the guise of optional Infinitives in child L2 English” (in BUCLD Proceedings 24, eds. C. Catherine Howell, Sarah A. Fish, and Thea Keith-Lucas, Cascadilla Press, Somerville, MA, 319-330).