The University of Iowa

Roumyana Slabakova

Roumyana Slabakova
Professor
Education: 
PhD, McGill University (Montreal, Canada), 1997
Office: 
557 English-Philosophy Building
Office Hours: 
Professor Slabakova will be on leave in the 2013-2014 academic year
Research Interests: 
generative second language acquisition, syntax, morphology, psycholinguistics, Slavic languages
Current Courses: 

Course #

Title

Location

Time

 103:157  Linguistic Theory and SLA  216 PH  TTh 11:00-12:15
 103:202  Syntactic Theory  218 EPB  TTh 2:00-3:15
 
Current Research Projects: 
  • Semantics of aspectual tenses and their L2 acquisition
  • The syntax/morphology asymmetry from the point of view of Slavic perfective preverbs
  • Acquisition of the semantics-pragmatics interface
  • Acquisition of the syntax-semantics interface
  • L2 acquisition of Russian aspect by English native speakers
  • L2 acquisition of a semantic parameter: Bare noun interpretation in Italian-English interlanguage
Recent Publications: 

Books

2008 Meaning in the Second Language. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.   
2006 Inquiries in Linguistic Development: In honor of Lydia White. Edited by Roumyana Slabakova, Silvina A. Montrul and Philippe Prévost, Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Click here for more information.   
2005 Aspectual Inquiries, Edited by Paula Kempchinsky and Roumyana Slabakova, Springer (former Kluwer AP). Click here for more information.
2001 Telicity in the Second Language, Language Acquisition and Language Disorders Series, Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Click for more information.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

2011

Meaning in the second language. In An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, ed. by C. Maienborn, K. von Heusinger, and P. Portner. Berlin: de Gruyter.
2011 L2 semantics. In Handbook of Second Language Acquisition, ed. by S. Gass and A. Mackey. Routledge/Taylor Francis.
2011 The mind-context divide: Language acquisition at the linguistic interfaces, Lingua 121:568-576. (with Jason Rothman)
2010 Scalar implicatures in second language acquisition, Lingua 121:2444-2462.
2009 How is inflectional morphology learned? EUROSLA Yearbook 9:56-75.
2006 Learnability in the L2 acquisition of semantics: A bidirectional study of a semantic parameter, Second Language Research.
2006 A semantic parameter with a syntactic trigger in the L2 acquisition of Italian. In Inquiries in Linguistic Development: Studies in Honor of Lydia White. R. Slabakova, S. Montrul, and P. Prévost (Eds.), John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam/Philadelphia.
2006 Slabakova, R., Montrul, S. and Prévost, P. Introduction. In Inquiries in Linguistic Development: Studies in Honor of Lydia White. Roumyana Slabakova, Silvina Montrul, and Philippe Prévost (Eds.), John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam/Philadelphia.
2005 What is So Difficult about Telicity Marking in L2 Russian? Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 8 (1): 63-77.
2005 Slabakova, R. and S. Montrul, L2 Acquisition at the Grammar-Discourse Interface: Aspectual Shifts in L2 Spanish. In Liceras, J., H. Zobl and H. Goodluck (Eds.), The Role of Features in Second Language Acquisition. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
2005 Di Sciullo, A.-M. and R. Slabakova. Quantification and Aspect, in Perspectives on Aspect, Henk Verkuyl, Henriette de Swart, and Angeliek van Hout (Eds), Springer Series Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics, Vol. 32.
2005 Kempchinsky, P. and R. Slabakova, Issues and interfaces in the study of aspect. In P. Kempchinsky and R. Slabakova (eds.), Aspectual Inquiries, pp. 1-18. Springer (former Kluwer AP)
2003 Slabakova, R. and S. Montrul. Genericity and Aspect in L2 Acquisition, Language Acquisition, 11 (3): 165-196.
2003 Montrul, S. and R. Slabakova. Competence Similarities between Native and Near-Native Speakers: An Investigation of the Preterite/Imperfect Contrast in Spanish, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 25: 351-398.
2003 Semantic Evidence for Functional Categories in Interlanguage Grammars. Second Language Research, 19(1): 42-75.
2002 The Compounding Parameter in Second Language Acquisition, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, vol. 24.
2002 Recent Research on the Acquisition of Aspect: An Embarrassment of Riches?, Second Language Research, 2.
2002 Montrul, S. and R. Slabakova. The L2 Acquisition of Morphosyntactic and Semantic Properties of the Aspectual Tenses Preterite and Imperfect, In The Acquisition of Spanish Morphosyntax , Ana Teresa Perez-Leroux and Juana Liceras (eds), Kluwer Publishers.
2002 Slabakova, R. and S. Montrul. Aspectual Tenses in Spanish L2 Acquisition: A UG Perspective, In Tense-Aspect Morphology in L2 Acquisition ,Yasuhiro Shirai and Rafael Salaberry (eds), John Benjamins.
2001 Aspectual Constraints in the Mental Lexicon, Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 30, 2, pp.197-217.
2000 Transfer Revisited: The L2 Acquisition of Telicity Marking in English by Spanish and Bulgarian Native Speakers, Linguistics 38, 4, pp. 739-770.
1999 The Parameter of Aspect in Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Research, 15, 3, pp.283-317.
1998 L2 Acquisition of an Aspect Parameter, Journal of Slavic Linguistics, vol. 6, 1, pp. 171-105.
1997 Bulgarian Aspect in Phrase Structure, Linguistics, vol. 35, 4, pp. 673-704.

Refereed Conference Proceedings and Working Papers

To appear Learnability in the L2A of semantics, GALANA Proceedings.
2005 L2 acquisition of a semantic parameter, Proceedings of the 7th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 7), ed. by Laurent Dekydtspotter et al., 219-225. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
2005 Perfective Prefixes: What they are, what flavors they come in, and how they are acquired?, Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 13: The South Carolina Meeting, pp. 324-341, ed. by Steven Franks, Frank Y. Gladney and Mila Tasseva-Kurktchieva. Ann Arbor, MI: Michigan Slavic Publications.
2004 Effect of Perfective Prefixes on Object Interpretation: A Theoretical and Empirical Issue, Cahiers linguistiques d'Ottawa, 32, June, 122-142.
2003 Semantic and Morphological Reflexes of Functional Categories: The Case of Telicity Marking in L2 Russian, Proceedings of the Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA 6) conference, Cascadilla Press.
2002 Object Interpretation in Perfective and Imperfective Sentences: What do Russian Native Speakers Think? Proceedings of the Perspectives on Aspect conference, UiL-OTS working papers, published here.
2002 Di Sciullo and Slabakova. Quantification and Aspect, Proceedings of the Perspectives on Aspect conference, UiL-OTS working papers, published here.
2002 Roumyana Slabakova and Silvina Montrul. On Aspectual Shifts in L2 Spanish. Proceedings of the Boston University Conference on Language Development XXVI, Cascadilla Press.
2001 Silvina Montrul and Roumyana Slabakova. Is Nativelike Competence Possible in Second Language Acquisition?Proceedings of the Boston University Conference on Language Development XXV, Cascadilla Press.
2001 Viewpoint Aspect in Bulgarian-English Interlanguage, Proceedings of the Boston University Conference on Language Development XXV , Cascadilla Press.
2000 Silvina Montrul and Roumyana Slabakova. Acquiring Semantic Properties of Preterite and Imperfect Tenses in L2 Spanish.Proceedings of the Boston University Conference on Language Development XXIV, Cascadilla Press.
1999 Evidence of Transfer: L2 Acquisition of Telicity in English by Spanish and Slavic Native Speakers, Proceedings of the Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition conference (GASLA 1998), University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.
1999 The Complex-Predicate / N-N Compounding Connection in L2 Acquisition.Proceedings of the Boston University Conference on Language Development XXIII, Cascadilla Press.
1999 Aspectual Constraints in the Mental Lexicon of Bulgarian Speakers, ClasNET Working Papers, Universite de Montreal.
1998 A Parametric Approach to the L2 Acquisition of Aspect, In Proceedings of the Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition 1997, Montrul, S. and Slabakova, R. (eds), Montreal, McGill Working Papers in Linguistics.
1998 How Can You Eat a Cake and Have It Too: L2 Acquisition of English Telicity, Proceedings of the Boston University Conference on Language Development XXII, Cascadilla Press.
1997 Some Aspect-Related Constructions in English - A Sentence Matching Investigation, In Proceedings of the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition Conference, Sorace, A., Heycock, C. and Shillcock, R. (eds.), University of Edinburgh.
1997 L2 Acquisition of the Null Telic Morpheme: a Psycholinguistic Investigation, in Proceedings of the Boston University Conference on Language Development XXI, E. Hughes et al (eds), Cascadilla Press.
1997 How Light is a Light Verb, In Proceedings of the XV Western Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, B. Agbayani & S. Tang (eds), Stanford: CSLI.
1996 Bulgarian Psych Verbs - a Case for Distributed Morphology, In McGill Working Papers in Linguistics, vol.11, S. Montrul & M. Kessler (eds), McGill University, Montreal.
1996 Bulgarian Psych Verbs, in Proceedings of the Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics Conference, J. Toman (ed), University of Maryland at College Park.