Alison Gabriele

Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics

Director: Second Language Acquisition Lab

 

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Linguistics Department

1541 Lilac Lane

Blake Hall, Room 427

Lawrence KS 66044-3177

gabriele at ku.edu

 

Research interests

My research examines the acquisition and processing of syntax and semantics by adult second language learners, focusing on the issues of language transfer and learnability. These issues are addressed using a range of experimental methods including behavioral, psycholinguistic, and more recently, in collaboration with the Neurolinguistics and Language Processing Lab at KU, electrophysiological measures.


Education

Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2005
Ph.D. Linguistics


Dissertation: The Acquisition of Aspect in a Second Language: a Bidirectional Study Learners of Japanese and English.

Binghamton University, State University of New York, 1998
B.A. summa cum laude, English Literature and Rhetoric, minor in Spanish


Research Grants

National Science Foundation BCS#1123399 (9/13/2011-8/31/2013)

Conference Grant: GALANA 2012 Psycholinguistic and Neurolinguistic Approaches to Language Development

Co-Principal Investigators: Robert Fiorentino and Utako Minai

 

National Science Foundation BCS#0951900 (5/1/2010-10/31/2013)

Examining development and ultimate attainment in second language processing: an ERP investigation

Co-Principal Investigator: Robert Fiorentino

 

General Research Fund Award, University of Kansas (2009-2010)

What transfers in second language acquisition?

 

General Research Fund Award, University of Kansas (2007-2008)

Second Language Acquisition at the Interface of Morphology and Semantics

 

New Faculty Research Grant, University of Kansas (2005-2007)

Acquiring Aspect in a Second Language

 

National Science Foundation
BCS Dissertation Grant #0345697: The Acquisition of Aspect in a Second Language: a Bidirectional Study of Learners of Japanese and English ($15,024) (co-PI with Gita Martohardjono)


teaching grants

Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Kansas

Grant to improve course materials for Introductory Linguistics (with Harold Torrence)

 

Teaching

University of Kansas
Department of Linguistics

 

Spring 2014

LING 415/715: Second Language Acquisition

LING 416/716: Second Language Acquisition II

 

Other Courses

LING 106/107(Honors): Introduction to Linguistics

LING 177: First Year Seminar: Beyond English: Is one language enough in today's world?

LING 491: Bilingualism

LING 860: Seminar in Second Language Acquisition: L2 Processing

LING 860: Seminar in Second Language Acquisition: Imperfectives in L1 and L2 Acquisition

LING 860: Seminar in Second Language Acquisition: Interfaces in L2 Acquisition

LING 910: Seminar: Cognitive Neuroscience of Second Language Acquisition (with Robert Fiorentino)

LING 794: Proseminar


Awards

Byron A. Alexander Graduate Mentor Award, University of Kansas. (2009)

Honoree, Celebration of Teaching Reception, University of Kansas Center for Teaching Excellence (2011)

 

Selected Papers

Please email me if you would like copies of any of these papers.

 

Alemán-Bañón, J., Fiorentino, R., and Gabriele, A. (in press). Morphosyntactic processing in advanced second language learners: An event related potential investigation of the effects of L1-L2 similarity and structural distance. Second Language Research.

 

Chu, C-Y., Minai, U., and Gabriele, A. (in press). Quantifier scope interpretation in Chinese-speaking learners of English. Selected Proceedings of the 5th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition. Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

 

Lopez-Prego, B. and Gabriele, A. (in press). Examining the nature of morphological variability in native and non-native Spanish. Special issue on L2 Parsing. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism.

 

Gabriele, A. and Sugita Hughes, M. (in press). Tense and aspect in Japanese as a second language. In M. Nakayama (Ed.) Handbook of Japanese Psycholinguistics. Mouton de Gruyter.

 

Gabriele, A. Fiorentino, R., and Alemán-Bañón, J. (2013). Examining second language development using event-related potentials: a cross-sectional study on the processing of gender and number agreement. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 3, 213-232.

 

Kulundary, V. and Gabriele, A. (2012). Examining the role of syntactic development in the L2 on the acquisition of an L3: a look at relative clauses. In  J. Cabrelli-Amaro, S. Flynn, and J. Rothman (eds.), Third Language Acquisition in Adulthood, 195-222. John Benjamins.

 

Lopez-Prego, B. and Gabriele, A. (2012). Examining the nature of morphological variability in native and non-native Spanish. Proceedings of the 36th Boston University Conference on Language Development, 315-327.

 

Alemán-Bañón, J., Fiorentino, R., and Gabriele, A. (2012). The Processing of Number and Gender Agreement in Spanish: An Event-Related Potential Investigation of the Effects of Structural Distance. Brain Research 1456, 49-63.

 

Bond, K., Gabriele, A., Fiorentino, R., and Alemán-Bañón, J. (2011). Individual differences and the role of the L1 in L2 processing: an ERP investigation. Proceedings of the 11th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition, 17-29. Cambridge, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

 

Gabriele, A. and McClure, W.  (2011). Why only some imperfectives are learned imperfectly: a study of Chinese learners of Japanese. Language Acquisition, 18, 38-83.

 

Gabriele, A. and Canales, A. (2011).  No time like the present: examining transfer at the interfaces in second language acquisition.  Lingua, 120, 670-687.

 

Aldwayan, S, Fiorentino, R., and A. Gabriele. (2010). Evidence of syntactic constraints in the processing of wh-movement: A study of Najdi Arabic learners of English. In B. Van Patten and J. Jegerski (eds.), Research on Second Language Processing and Parsing, 65-86. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

 

A. Gabriele. (2010). Deriving meaning through context: interpreting bare nominals in L2 Japanese. Second Language Reserch, 26, 379-405.

 

A. Gabriele. (2009). Transfer and transition in the SLA of aspect. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 31, 371-402.

 

A. Gabriele, E. Troseth, G. Martohardjono and R. Otheguy. (2009). Emergent literacy skills in bilingual children: Assessing the role of L1 and L2 syntactic comprehension. International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education 12, 533-547.

 

A. Gabriele, J, Maekawa, and J. Aleman-Banon. (2009). Can we predict when "dying" will be difficult?: Progressive achievements in L2 English. In J. Chandlee et al. (eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Boston University Conference on Language Development, 175-186. Somerville: Cascadilla Press.

 

A. Gabriele and J. Maekawa. (2008). Interpreting tense in a second language. Eurosla Yearbook, 8, 79-106.

 

A. Gabriele, J. Maekawa, L. Ignatowski, and E. Christensen. (2008). Distinguishing between the present and the past: against a critical period for tense in L2 acquisition. In H. Chan et al. (eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Boston University Conference on Language Development, 143-154. Somerville: Cascadilla Press.

 

A. Gabriele. (2008). Calculating telicity in native and non-native English. In R. Slabakova et al. (eds.), Proceedings of the 9th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition conference (GASLA 2007), 37-46. Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

 

A. Gabriele. (2007). Interpreting bare nominals in L2 Japanese. In A. Belikova et al. (eds.), GALANA 2: Proceedings of the conference Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition- North America 2, 92-101. Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

 

A. Gabriele. (2006).Why is arriving can also mean has arrived for Japanese learners of English. In A. Belletti et al. (eds.), Language Acquisition and Development: Proceedings of GALA 2005, 218-231. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

 

A. Gabriele and G. Martohardjono. (2005). Investigating the role of transfer in the L2 acquisition of aspect. Proceedings of Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition 7. Somerville: Cascadilla Press Web Proceedings Project.

 

A. Gabriele, G. Martohardjono and W. McClure. (2005). Evaluating the role of the L1 in the L2 Acquisition of Aspect. Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Bilingualism. Cascadilla Press.

 

G. Martohardjono, R. Otheguy, A. Gabriele, M. DeGoeas-Malone, S. Rivero, M. Szupica-Pyrzanowski, E. Troseth & Z. Schutzman. (2005). The role of syntax in reading comprehension: a study of bilingual readers. Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Bilingualism. Cascadilla Press.

 

A. Gabriele, G. Martohardjono and W. McClure. (2003). Why swimming is just as difficult as dying for Japanese learners of English. ZAS Papers in Linguistics, 29, 85-104.

 

Selected Presentations

Fiorentino, R., Gabriele, A., and Aleman-Banon, J.  Emerging sensitivity to morphosyntax at the earliest stages of development: Evidence for the role of the L1. Poster Presentation, NLC 2012: Neurobiology of Language Conference. Novermber, 2013.


A. Gabriele, R. Fiorentino, J. Aleman-Banon, and A. Rossomondo. Tracking brain responses to morphosyntax: A longitudinal ERP study of novice learners of Spanish. 2013 Boston University Conference on Language Development. November 1, 2013.


A. Johnson, R. Fiorentino, and A. Gabriele. An examination of syntactic constraints and the role of individual differences in native and non-native processing of wh-movement. Poster Presentation, 2013 Boston University Conference on Language Development November 1, 2013.

 

Gabriele, A., Fiorentino, R., and Aleman Bañón, J. Using ERPs to track morphosyntactic development in second language processing: a cross-sectional study of Spanish gender and number agreement. Paper presentation at Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition. University of Florida. April 26-28, 2013.

 

Johnson, A., Canales, A., Fiorentino, R. and Gabriele, A. Syntactic constraints in the processing of wh-movement. Poster presentation at the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. University of South Carolina. March 21-23, 2013.

 

Fiorentino, R., Gabriele, A., Aleman Bañón, J., Bond, K., and Martinez Garcia, M.T. Brain responses to morphosyntax at early stages of second language development. Poster presentation at the Neurobiology of Language Conference. Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language. Donostia, Spain. October 25-27, 2012.


Lopez Prego, B. and Gabriele, A. The impact of task demands on markedness in native and non-native Spanish. Presentation at the Second Language Research Forum. Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh. October 18-21, 2012.


Gabriele, A., Fiorentino, R., Aleman Bañón, J., Bond, K. Tracking second language development using event-related potentials. Poster presentation at Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition-North America 5. University of Kansas. October 11-13, 2012.


Lopez Prego, B. and Gabriele, A. The impacts of task demands on markedness in native and non-native Spanish. Poster presentation at Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition-North America 5. University of Kansas. October 11-13, 2012.


Chu, C-Y., Gabriele, A., and Minai, U. Quantifier scope interpretation in Chinese-speaking learners of English. Poster presentation at Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition-North America 5. University of Kansas. October 11-13, 2012.


Gabriele, A. What can event-related potentials tell us about second language learning and development? Presentation in special session: Pursuing excellence in EFL: Insights from brain research. TESOL Convention. Philadelphia, PA. March 30, 2012.


Aleman Bañón, J., Fiorentino, R., and Gabriele, A. Examining development in second language processing: An event-related potential (ERP) investigation of number and gender agreement in L2 Spanish. Paper presented at the 36th Boston University Conference on Language Development. November 4-6, 2011.


                                               

Lopez-Prego, B. and Gabriele, A. Examining the nature of variability in gender and number agreement in native and nonnative Spanish. Paper presented at the 36th Boston University Conference on Language Development. November 4-6, 2011.

 

Lopez-Prego, B. and Gabriele, A. Examining the nature of variability in gender and number agreement in native and nonnative Spanish. Poster presented at Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLAP). September 1-3, 2011. Paris, France.

 

Aleman Bañón, J., Fiorentino, R., and Gabriele, A. An Event-Related Potential (ERP) Investigation of the Processing of Agreement: An Examination of Gender and Number in Spanish. Paper presented at Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition 11, March 23-25, 2011. Seattle, WA.

                                      

Bond, K., Gabriele, A., Fiorentino, R., and Aleman Bañón, J. An ERP Investigation of individual differences in the processing of agreement in a second language. Paper presented at Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition 11, March 23-25, 2011. Seattle, WA.

 

Aleman Bañón, J., Fiorentino, R., and Gabriele, A. An Event-Related Potential (ERP) Investigation of Processing of Agreement: An Examination of Gender and Number in Spanish. Poster presented at the Neurobiology of Langauge Conference. San Diego, CA. November 11-12, 2010.

 

Bond, K., Fiorentino, R., and Gabriele, A. An ERP Investigation of individual differences in the processing of agreement in a second language. Poster presented at the Second Language Research Forum 2010. University of Maryland. October 14-17, 2010.

 

Gabriele, A., Bond, K., Canales, A., Coughlan, S.J. Examining sensitivity to agreement  anomalies during online processing. Poster presented at the Second Language Research Forum 2010. University of Maryland. October 14-17, 2010.

 

Aleman Bañón, J., Fiorentino, R., and Gabriele, A. Processing number and gender agreement in L2 Spanish: an ERP investigation of advanced learners. Poster presented at the Donostia Workshop on Neurobilingualism. Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language. September 30-October 2, 2010.

 

Bond, K., Canales, A., Coughlan, S.J., Gabriele, A.  Re-examining morphological sensitivity in the processing of agreement in L2 English. Paper presented at EuroSLA. September 1-4, 2010. Reggio Emilia, Italy.

 

Mongush, V. and Gabriele, A. What transfers in third language acquisition? A further look at relative clauses in L3 English. Selected workshop participants at the Third Language Acquisition Workshop: Developing a Research Base. June 7-11, 2010. University of Iowa.

 

Gabriele, A. and Canales, A. No time like the present: an examination of transfer at the interfaces in second language acquisition. Paper presented at the Chicago Linguistics Symposium. April 8-10, 2010. University of Chicago.

 

Aleman Bañón, J., Fiorentino, R., and Gabriele, A. The effects of syntactic distance in gender and number agreement in Spanish: an ERP investigation. Paper presented at the Mid-America Linguistics Conference. October 10, 2009. University of Missouri, Columbia.

 

A. Gabriele. Interfaces in Second Language Acquisition. Presentation at Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University. July 15, 2009.

 

S. Aldwayan, R. Fiorentino, and A. Gabriele. Processing wh-movement in L2 English: Evidence for syntactic constraints. Paper presented at L2 Processing and Parsing: State of the Science, May 21-24, 2009, Lubbock, Texas.

 

A. Gabriele. Mismatches at the Interface. Plenary presentation at the Mind-Context Divide: Language Acquisition and Interfaces of Cognitive-Linguistic Modules. University of Iowa. May 2009.

 

S. Aldwayan, R. Fiorentino, and A. Gabriele. Using syntactic constraints in the acquisition and processing of wh-movement: a study of Najdi Arabic learners of English. Paper presented at Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition 10, March 13-15, 2009, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.

 

A. Gabriele, J. Maekawa, J. and J. Alemán-Bañón. 2008. Can we predict when dying will be difficult: Progressive achievements in L2 English. Paper presented at the 33rd Boston University Conference on Language Development. October 30-November 2, 2008.  

 

A. Gabriele. Interpreting tense in a second language. Presentation at the Child Language Proseminar. University of Kansas. October 8, 2008.

 

A. Gabriele. Mapping between form and meaning: a case of imperfect L2 acquisition. Invited presentation at Mental Architecture for Processing and Learning of Language 2008 (MAPLL). Japan. August 2008.

 

A. Gabriele, J. Maekawa, L. Ignatowski and E. Christensen. Distinguishing between the present and the past: against a critical period for tense in L2 acquisition. Presentation at the 32nd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development.

 

A. Gabriele and W. McClure. Why imperfectives are learned imperfectly. Presentation at the 6th International Symposium on Bilingualism. Hamburg, Germany. May 2007.

 

E. Klein, G. Martohardjono, V. Valian and A. Gabriele. The acquisition of English tense and aspect by L1 Mandarin speakers. Presentation at the 6th International Symposium on Bilingualism. Hamburg, Germany. May 2007.

 

A. Gabriele. Calculating telicity in native and non-native English. Presentation at the 9th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition conference. University of Iowa. May 2007