Tanja Kupisch

List of John Benjamins publications for which Tanja Kupisch plays a role.


Book series


Subjects Historical linguistics | Language acquisition | Multilingualism | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics


This study compares the self-perception of first (L1) and second (L2) language competence and dyslexia awareness in two groups of dyslexic students, one German and one Italian, learning English as a second language. Based on a survey, we investigate the relationship between students’… read more | Chapter
Lloyd-Smith, Anika and Tanja Kupisch 2023 Methodological challenges in working with Indigenous communitiesEpistemological issue: The dynamics of bilingualism in language shift ecologies, Flores, Cristina and Neal Snape (eds.), pp. 65–69
This chapter is concerned with Turkish heritage speakers (HSs) in Germany, here exemplified by 21 early bilinguals during adulthood who live in Hamburg, North Germany. We introduce the population, report their self-perceived proficiency and propose the Turkish Use Score (TUS) that is based on… read more | Chapter
This study examines cross-linguistic influence (CLI) in adult Italian-German bilinguals based on the production of gemination, a phenomenon that exists in Italian but not in German. We analyzed the spontaneous Italian speech of two groups of Italian-German bilinguals (heritage speakers of Italian… read more | Article
Putnam, Michael T., Tanja Kupisch and Diego Pascual y Cabo 2018 Chapter 12. Different situations, similar outcomes: Heritage grammars across the lifespanBilingual Cognition and Language: The state of the science across its subfields, Miller, David, Fatih Bayram, Jason Rothman and Ludovica Serratrice (eds.), pp. 251–280
The rise of scientific inquiry focusing on bilingualism over the past few decades has also borne witness to an increase in the study of individuals and communities who speak a native language that is not the sociolinguistically dominant language of the environment in which they grew up. While it is… read more | Chapter
Kupisch, Tanja and Ewgenia Klaschik 2017 Cross-lectal influence and gender marking in bilectal Venetan-Italian acquisitionCross-linguistic Influence in Bilingualism: In honor of Aafke Hulk, Blom, Elma, Leonie Cornips and Jeannette Schaeffer (eds.), pp. 127–152
We study dialectal influence and gender marking in 25 bilectal children and 11 adults speaking Italian and Venetan, based on an elicited production task (EPT) in each of the two varieties. The children are between 5 and 11 years old and vary with respect to their reported use of the dialect at home. read more | Chapter
Kupisch, Tanja, Alyona Belikova, Öner Özçelik, Ilse Stangen and Lydia White 2017 Restrictions on definiteness in the grammars of German-Turkish heritage speakersLinguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 7:1, pp. 1–32
This paper reports on a study investigating restrictions on definiteness (the Definiteness Effect) in existential constructions in the two languages of Turkish heritage speakers in Germany. Turkish and German differ in how the Definiteness Effect plays out. Definite expressions in German may not… read more | Article
This study is concerned with L3 acquisition in heritage speakers (HSs). The goals are to incorporate HSs into L3 acquisition research and investigate the role of language dominance for predicting L3 transfer. We analyze global accent in German-Turkish early bilinguals, HSs of Turkish, who acquired… read more | Article
Colonna Dahlman, Roberta and Tanja Kupisch 2016 Attrition at the interfaces in bilectal acquisition (Italian/Gallipolino)Theoretical Approaches to Linguistic Variation, Bidese, Ermenegildo, Federica Cognola and Manuela Caterina Moroni (eds.), pp. 295–316
The aim of this study is to investigate whether native speakers of Gallipolino, bilectals who have acquired Gallipolino as L1 (together with standard Italian) in their childhood, who have left Gallipoli after puberty and currently use standard Italian as their primary language, display effects of… read more | Article
Stangen, Ilse, Tanja Kupisch, Anna Lia Proietti Ergün and Marina Zielke 2015 Foreign accent in heritage speakers of Turkish in GermanyTransfer Effects in Multilingual Language Development, Peukert, Hagen (ed.), pp. 87–108
The present study is concerned with global foreign accent (FA) in heritage speakers (HS). Specifically, we investigate whether (i) HS acquire a native accent in both languages and (ii) whether age of onset (AoO) is relevant. FA was examined in 21 adult HS of Turkish in Germany (AoO in German 0–9… read more | Article
Kupisch, Tanja, Deniz Akpınar and Antje Stöhr 2013 Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 3:2, pp. 150–179
This paper is concerned with gender marking in adult French. Four groups of subjects are compared: German-French simultaneous bilinguals (2L1ers) who grew up in France, German-French 2L1ers who grew up in Germany, advanced second language learners (L2ers) who are resident either in France or in… read more | Article
L3 acquisition has been a topic of increasing interest throughout the past decade. Nevertheless, linguistically-oriented work has so far paid little attention to the acquisition of foreign languages by second generation minority (or heritage) speakers, who have acquired two languages in early… read more | Article
Kupisch, Tanja, Dagmar Barton, Giulia Bianchi and Ilse Stangen 2012 The HABLA-corpus (German-French and German-Italian)Multilingual Corpora and Multilingual Corpus Analysis, Schmidt, Thomas and Kai Wörner (eds.), pp. 163–179
The HABLA-corpus (Hamburg Adult Bilingual LAnguage) comprises data in the form of semi-structured interviews gathered in the project E11, Linguistic Aspects of Language Attrition and Second Language Acquisition in adult bilinguals (German-French and German-Italian). E11 investigated the language of… read more | Article
Stöhr, Antje, Deniz Akpınar, Giulia Bianchi and Tanja Kupisch 2012 Gender marking in L2 learners and Italian-German bilinguals with German as the weaker languageMultilingual Individuals and Multilingual Societies, Braunmüller, Kurt and Christoph Gabriel (eds.), pp. 153–170
This paper explores mastery of grammatical gender in German as weaker and dominant language by Italian-German adult simultaneous bilingual speakers as well as highly proficient L2 learners of German with Italian as their L1. Data show that in both bilinguals and L2ers deviances from the target… read more | Article
White, Lydia, Alyona Belikova, Paul Hagstrom, Tanja Kupisch and Öner Özçelik 2012 : Affirmative and negative existentials in the L2 English of Turkish and Russian speakersLinguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 2:1, pp. 54–89
In this paper we investigate whether learners of L2 English show knowledge of the Definiteness Effect (Milsark, 1977), which restricts definite expressions from appearing in the existential there-insertion construction. There are crosslinguistic differences in how restrictions on definiteness play… read more | Article
Rinke, Esther and Tanja Kupisch 2011 IntroductionThe Development of Grammar: Language acquisition and diachronic change, Rinke, Esther and Tanja Kupisch (eds.), pp. 1–15
In this chapter I explore the relation between language dominance, mixed language utterances and cross-linguistic influence based on data from two German/French bilingual children. The children differ in terms of the extent to which one language can be considered dominant, but both produce fewer… read more | Article
Kupisch, Tanja and Christian Koops 2007 The definite article in non-specific object noun phrases: Comparing French and ItalianNominal Determination: Typology, context constraints, and historical emergence, Stark, Elisabeth, Elisabeth Leiss and Werner Abraham (eds.), pp. 189–213
Italian allows for the use of the definite article in non-specific direct object NPs ( mettersi la giacca ‘put on a jacket’, avere il gatto ‘have a cat’). However, in French, the corresponding constructions typically take only the indefinite article ( se mettre un blouson, avoir un chat ). We… read more | Article
Müller, Natascha, Katrin Schmitz, Katja Francesca Cantone and Tanja Kupisch 2006 Null arguments in monolingual children: A comparison of Italian and FrenchThe Acquisition of Syntax in Romance Languages, Torrens, Vincent and Linda Escobar (eds.), pp. 69–93
Research on the development of pronouns in French and Italian has shown that object clitics are acquired with more effort than other syntactic categories: they are realized later in development than subject clitics and strong subject and object pronouns. Both the delay of object clitics and the… read more | Article
Recent studies have shown that the acquisition of determiners, and particularly articles, appears unproblematic for children whose target language is French. Examining the acquisition of C-related phenomena in Swedish and German, Platzack (2001) argues that the CP represents a vulnerable domain,… read more | Article