Professor Jason Rothman

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Areas of interest:

L1, L2, L3 Acquisition; Linguistic and Acquisition Theoretical Epistemology; Modelling of Initial Stages Linguistic Transfer (morphosyntax) in Multilingualism; Heritage Language Bilingual Acquisition, Development and Ultimate Attainment The Role of Cognitive Economy in Language Acquisition

Research groups & Centres:

Language and Cognition; CINN


BA Linguistics, Cornell University; PhD Linguistics UCLA


Rothman, J. (2015) Linguistic and cognitive motivations for the typological primacy model of third language (L3) transfer: considering the role of timing of acquisition and proficiency in the previous languages. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 18 (2). pp. 179-190. ISSN 1469-1841 doi: 10.1017/S136672891300059X (Special Issue 02 (L3 Acquisition: A Focus on Cognitive Approaches))

Iverson , M. and Rothman, J. (2014) Object drop in L2 Spanish, (complex) feature reassembly and L1 pre-emption: comparing English, Chinese, European and Brazilian Portuguese learners. In: Judy, T. and Perpiñán, S. (eds.) The Acquisition of Spanish in Understudied Language Pairings. Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics (4). John Benjamins Publishing , Amsterdam. ISBN 9789027258021

Rothman, J. and Judy, T. (2014) Portuguese heritage bi-lingualisation in the United States. In: Wiley , T. G., Peyton, J. K., Christian, D., Moore, S. C. K. and Liu, N. (eds.) Handbook of Heritage and Community Languages in the United States: Research, Educational Practice, and Policy. Handbooks in education. Routledge, London, pp. 132-142. ISBN 9780415520669

Halloran, B. and Rothman, J. (2014) The acquisition of clitics in L2 Spanish: examining restrictions on clitic solidarity. In: Selected Proceedings of LSRL 2012. John Benjamins Publishing , Amsterdam. (In Press)

Rothman, J. and Treffers-Daller, J. (2014) A prolegomenon to the construct of the native speaker: heritage speaker bilinguals are natives too! Applied Linguistics, 35 (1). pp. 93-98. ISSN 1477-450X doi: 10.1093/applin/amt049

VanPatten, B. and Rothman, J. (2013) Against “rules”. In: Benati, A., Laval, C. and Arche, M. (eds.) The grammar dimension in instructed second language learning. Advances in instructed second language acquisition research . Bloomsbury Academic, London. ISBN 9781441162045

Ayoun, D. and Rothman, J. (2013) Generative approaches to the L2 acquisition of temporal-aspectual-mood systems. In: Salaberry, M. R. and Comajoan, L. (eds.) The Research Design and Methodology in Studies on Second Language Tense and Aspect. Studies in Second and Foreign Language Education [SSFLE] (2). De Gruyter, Boston, pp. 119-156. ISBN 9781934078143

Rothman, J., Cabrelli Amaro, J. and de Bot, K. (2013) Third language acquisition. In: Herschensohn, J. and Young Scholten, M. (eds.) Cambridge handbook of second language acquisition. Cambridge handbooks in language and linguistics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 372-393. ISBN 9781107007710

Rothman, J. and VanPatten, B. (2013) Afterword. On multiplicity and mutual exclusivity: the case for different SLA theories. In: Garcia Mayo, M. d. P., Gutierrez Mangado, M. J. and Martínez Adrián, M. (eds.) Contemporary approaches to second language acquisition. AILA Applied linguistics series, 9 (9). John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 243-256. ISBN 9789027205254

Rothman, J. (2013) Cognitive economy, non-redundancy and typological primacy in L3 acquisition: evidence from initial stages of L3 romance. In: Baauw, S., Dirjkoningen, F. A.C. and Pinto, M. (eds.) Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2011. John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 217-248. ISBN 9789027203854

Rothman, J. and Halloran, B. (2013) Formal linguistic approaches to L3/Ln acquisition: a focus on morphosyntactic transfer in adult multilingualism. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 33. pp. 51-67. ISSN 1471-6356 doi: 10.1017/S0267190513000032

Long, D. and Rothman, J. (2013) Generative approaches and the competing systems hypothesis: formal acquisition to pedagogical application. In: Schwieter, J. W. (ed.) Innovative research and practices in second language acquisition and bilingualism. Language learning & language teaching (38). John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 63-84. ISBN 9789027213174

Rothman, J. and Pascual y Cabo, D. (2013) Generative approaches to Spanish second language acquisition. In: Geeslin, K. L. (ed.) Handbook of Spanish second language acquisition. Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, pp. 43-66. ISBN 9780470674437

Halloran, B. and Rothman, J. (2013) Restrictions on clitic solidarity in L2 Spanish and adult UG accessibility. In: BUCLD 37: Proceedings of the 37th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Cascadilla Press, Sommerville, MA, pp. 147-159. ISBN 9781574731859

Rothman, J. and Iverson, M. (2013) Strong islands and null objects in l2-Spanish of Brazilian Portuguese natives: do you know the learners who drop___? Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 35 (4). pp. 589-618. ISSN 1470-1545 doi: 10.1017/S0272263113000387

Campos-Dintrans, G., Pires, A. and Rothman, J. (2013) Subject-to-subject raising and the syntax of tense in L2 Spanish: a full access approach. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 17 (01). pp. 38-55. ISSN 1469-1841 doi: 10.1017/S1366728912000661

VanPatten, B. and Rothman, J. (2013) What does current generative linguistic theory have to say about explicit and implicit language learning? In: Rebuschat, P. (ed.) Implicit and explicit learning of languages. John Benjamins, Amsterdam. ISBN 9789027241894 (In Press)

Cuza, A., Guijarro Fuentes, P., Pires, A. and Rothman, J. (2013) The syntax-semantics of bare and definite plural subjects in the L2 Spanish of English natives. International Journal of Bilingualism, 17 (5). pp. 634-652. ISSN 1756-6878 doi: 10.1177/1367006911435594

Pascual y Cabo, D. and Rothman, J. (2012) The (il)logical problem of heritage speaker bilingualism and incomplete acquisition. Applied Linguistics, 33 (4). pp. 450-455. ISSN 1477-450X doi: 10.1093/applin/ams037

Slabakova, R., Kempchinsky, P. and Rothman, J. (2012) Clitic-doubled left dislocation and focus fronting in L2 Spanish: a case of successful acquisition at the syntax-discourse interface. Second Language Research, 28 (3). pp. 319-343. ISSN 1477-0326 doi: 10.1177/0267658312447612

Rothman, J. and Guijarro Fuentes, P. (2012) Linguistic interfaces and language acquisition in childhood: introduction to the special issue. First Language, 32 (1-2). pp. 3-16. ISSN 1740-2344 doi: 10.1177/0142723710396794

Pascual y Cabo, D., Lingwall, A. and Rothman, J. (2012) Applying the interface hypothesis to heritage speaker acquisition: evidence from Spanish mood. In: BUCLD 36: Proceedings of the 36th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Cascadilla Press, Sommerville, MA, pp. 437-438. ISBN 9781574731750

Garcia Mayo, M. d. P. and Rothman, J. (2012) L3 morphosyntax in the generative tradition: the initial stages and beyond. In: Cabrelli Amaro , J., Flynn, S. and Rothman, J. (eds.) Third language acquisition in adulthood. Studies in bilingualism (46). John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 9-32. ISBN 9789027241870

Rothman, J. and Slabakova, R. (2011) The Mind-Context Divide: on acquisition at the linguistic interface. Lingua, 121 (4). pp. 568-576. ISSN 0024-3841 doi: 10.1016/j.lingua.2011.01.003

Santos, A., Duarte, I., Pires, A. and Rothman, J. (2011) Early inflected infinitives and late V-to-C movement. In: BUCLD 35: Proceedings of the 35th annual Boston University Conference on Language. Development. Cascadilla Press, Sommerville, MA, pp. 540-522. ISBN 9781574731651

Slabakova, R., Rothman, J. and Kempchinsky, P. (2011) Gradient competence at the syntax-discourse interface. EuroSLA Yearbook, 11. pp. 218-243. ISSN 1569-9749 doi: 10.1075/eurosla.11.12rot

Rothman, J., Iverson, M. and Judy, T. (2011) Introduction: some notes on the generative study of L3 acquisition. Second Language Research, 27 (1). pp. 5-19. ISSN 1477-0326 doi: 10.1177/0267658310386443

Pires, A., Rothman, J. and Santos, A. L. (2011) L1 acquisition across Portuguese dialects: modular and interdisciplinary interfaces as sources of explanation. Lingua, 121 (4). pp. 605-622. ISSN 0024-3841 doi: 10.1016/j.lingua.2010.06.002

Iverson, M. and Rothman, J. (2011) L1 preemption and L2 learnability: the case of object drop in Brazilian Portuguese native learners of L2 spanish. In: BUCLD 35: Proceedings of the 35th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Cascadilla Press, Sommerville, MA, pp. 296-307. ISBN 9781574731651

Rothman, J. (2011) L3 syntactic transfer selectivity and typological determinacy: the typological primacy model. Second Language Research, 27 (1). pp. 107-217. ISSN 1477-0326 doi: 10.1177/0267658310386439

Slabakova, R., Rothman, J., Leal Mendez, T., Campos, G. and Kempchinsky, P. (2011) Pragmatic features at the L2 syntax-discourse interface. In: BUCLD 35: Proceedings of the 35th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Cascadilla Press, Sommerville, MA, pp. 564-576. ISBN 9781574731651

Pires, A. and Rothman, J. (2011) An integrated perspective on comparative bilingual differences: beyond the interface problem. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 1 (1). pp. 74-78. ISSN 1879-9272 doi: 10.1075/lab.1.1.11pir

Rothman, J. and Cabrelli Amaro, J. (2010) What variables condition syntactic transfer? A look at the L3 initial state. Second Language Research , 26 (2). pp. 189-218. ISSN 1477-0326 doi: 10.1177/0267658309349410

Rothman, J., Judy, T., Guijarro Fuentes, P. and Pires, A. (2010) On the (un)-ambiguity of adjectival modification in Spanish determiner phrases: informing debates on the mental representations of L2 syntax. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 32 (1). pp. 47-77. ISSN 1470-1545 doi: 10.1017/S0272263109990258

Rothman, J. and Guijarro-Fuentes, P. (2010) Input quality matters: some comments on input type and age-effects in adult SLA. Applied Linguistics, 31 (2). pp. 301-306. ISSN 1477-450X doi: 10.1093/applin/amq004

Judy, T. and Rothman, J. (2010) From a superset to a subset grammar and the semantic compensation hypothesis: subject pronoun and anaphora resolution evidence in L2 English. In: BUCLD 34: Proceedings of the 34th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Cascadilla Press, Sommerville, MA, pp. 197-208. ISBN 9781574731552

Rothman, J. and Iverson, M. (2010) Independent multilingualism normative assessments, where art thou? In: Cruz Ferreira, M. (ed.) Multilingual norms. Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, pp. 33-51. ISBN 9783631596371

Rothman, J. (2010) On the typological economy of syntactic transfer: word order and relative clause high/low attachment preference in L3 Brazilian Portuguese. International Review of Applied Linguistics (IRAL), 48 (2-3). pp. 245-273. ISSN 1613-4141 doi: 10.1515/iral.2010.011

Cabrelli Amaro, J. and Rothman, J. (2010) (PDF, 406 KB) On L3 acquisition and phonological permeability: a new test case for debates on the mental representation of non-native phonological systems. International Review of Applied Linguistics (IRAL), 48 (2-3). pp. 275-296. ISSN 1613-4141 doi: 10.1515/iral.2010.012

Rothman, J. (2010) Theoretical linguistics meets pedagogical practice: pronominal subject use in Spanish as a second language (L2) as an example. Hispania. pp. 52-65. ISSN 0018-2133

Pires, A. and Rothman, J. (2009) Disentangling sources of incomplete acquisition: an explanation for competence divergence across heritage grammars. International Journal of Bilingualism, 13 (2). pp. 211-238. ISSN 1756-6878 doi: 10.1177/1367006909339806

Rothman, J. (2009) Pragmatic deficits with syntactic consequences?: L2 pronominal subjects and the syntax–pragmatics interface. Journal of Pragmatics, 41 (5). pp. 951-973. ISSN 0378-2166 doi: 10.1016/j.pragma.2008.07.007

Pires, A. and Rothman, J. (2009) Child and adult language acquisition, linguistic theory and (microparametric) variation. In: Minimalist Inquiries into Child and Adult Language Acquisition: Case Studies Across Portuguese. Studies on Language Acquisition [SOLA] (35). Mouton DeGruyter, Berlin/New work, pp. 129-154. ISBN 9783110215359

Rothman, J. (2009) Knowledge of A/A'-dependencies on subject extraction with two types of infinitives in non-native Portuguese adult bilingualism. International Journal of Bilingualism, 13 (1). pp. 111-140. ISSN 1756-6878 doi: 10.1177/1367006909103531

Rothman, J., Guijarro Fuentes, P., Iverson , M. and Judy, T. (2009) Noun-raising and adjectival interpretative reflexes in the L2 Spanish of Germanic and Italian learners. In: BUCLD 33: Proceedings of the 33rd annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Cascadilla Press, Sommerville, MA, pp. 444-455. ISBN 9781574731941

Rothman, J. (2009) Understanding the nature and outcomes of early bilingualism: Romance languages as heritage languages. International Journal of Bilingualism, 13 (2). pp. 155-163. ISSN 1756-6878 doi: 10.1177/1367006909339814

Rothman, J. (2008) Why all counter-evidence to the critical period hypothesis in second language acquisition is not equal or problematic. Language and Linguistic Compass, 2 (6). pp. 1063-1088. ISSN 1749-818X doi: 10.1111/j.1749-818X.2008.00098.x

Iverson, M. and Rothman, J. (2008) Adverbial quantification and perfective/imperfective interpretive nuances in L2 Portuguese. In: Proceedings of the 9th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition Conference. Cascadilla Press, Sommerville, MA, pp. 70-80. ISBN 9781574734225

Rothman, J. (2008) Aspect selection in adult L2 Spanish and the competing systems hypothesis: when pedagogical and linguistic rules conflict. Languages in Contrast, 8 (1). pp. 74-106. ISSN 1569-9897 doi: 10.1075/lic.8.1.05rot

Iverson, M., Kempchinsky, P. and Rothman, J. (2008) Interface vulnerability and knowledge of the subjunctive/indicative distinction with negated epistemic predicates in L2 Spanish. EuroSLA Yearbook, 8 (1). pp. 135-163. ISSN 1569-9749 doi: 10.1075/eurosla.8.09ive

Rothman, J. (2008) Linguistic epistemology and the notion of monolingualism. Sociolinguistic Studies, 2 (3). pp. 441-458. ISSN 1750-8649

Rothman, J. and Iverson, M. (2008) Poverty-of-the-stimulus and SLA epistemology: considering L2 knowledge of aspectual phrasal semantics. Language Acquisition, 15 (4). pp. 270-314. ISSN 1532-7817 doi: 10.1080/10489220802352206

Rothman, J. and Iverson, M. (2007) Input type and parameter resetting: is naturalistic input necessary? International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, 45 (4). pp. 285-319. ISSN 1613-4141 doi: 10.1515/IRAL.2007.013

Rothman, J. (2007) Heritage speaker competence differences, language change and input type: inflected infinitives in Heritage Brazilian Portuguese. International Journal of Bilingualism, 11 (4). pp. 359-389. ISSN 1756-6878 doi: 10.1177/13670069070110040201

Rothman, J. (2007) Sometimes they use it, sometimes they don’t: an epistemological discussion of L2 morphological production and its use as a competence measurement. Applied Linguistics, 28 (4). pp. 609-614. ISSN 1477-450X doi: 10.1093/applin/amm035

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