English Linguistics Circle

Dr. Lina Baldus (Trier University)

Schematisation in Second Language Acquisition: How Learners Detect, Use, and Extend Abstract Linguistic Patterns


30 June 2021, 4 pm (s.t.)

The talk will take place on Zoom:


Meeting ID: 818 9847 5759

Passcode: ELCs2021

Contact: Ms Tammy Ganster M.A. (E-Mail: ganster@uni-trier.de)



Giuliana Thomanek (PhD student of Prof. Dr. Sabine Arndt-Lappe)

The influence of aptitude on attainment of phonology in Second Language Acquisition

The focus of the project is to test non-verbal intelligence and working memory as correlates of aptitude for second language acquisition. The linguistic phenomena at the core of the study are emphatic and contrastive stress which will be tested with regards to production as well as perception. In addition to the aforementioned potential correlates, some aspects of the Geschwind-Galaburda hypothesis are being examined by means of a questionnaire.



Prof. Dr. Sabine Arndt-Lappe and Prof. Dr. Sebastian Hoffmann (Trier University)

Thirteen men and a drunken sailor: Revisiting the Principle of Rhythmic Alternation


19 May 2021, 4 pm (s.t.)



Ekaterina Tsvetkova (PhD student of Prof. Dr. Sabine Arndt-Lappe)

Use of that-clauses by learners of English

In this talk Ms Tsvetkova is going to speak about corpus findings about that use and omission in EFL learners’ written speech and the factors which influence learners’ choices. She will present the results and analyse the possible tendencies in different types of subordinate clauses with that. The study is based on the data from ICLE version 3 corpus.

28 April 2021, 4 pm (s.t.)