Helmut Zobl

Professor Emeritus (Linguistics / Applied Linguistics & Discourse Studies)


Research Interests

  • Second language acquisition and Generative Grammar; language
  • acquisition and diachronic change; applications of grammatical theory,
  • language processing and second language acquisition to language pedagogy.

Research Grants

2004 (co-recipient with J. Liceras, University of Ottawa). “Two perspectives on optionality in second language acquisition: primary language development and diachronic change” (SSHRC Standard Research Grant).

Recent Publications

(with J. Liceras) Accounting for optionality in non-native grammars: parametric change in diachrony and second language development as instances of ‘internalized diglossia’. L. Dekydspotter and R. Sprouse, eds., Proceedings of the 7 th Biannual Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

(with J. Liceras) Competing grammars and parametric shifts in second language acquisition and the history of English and Spanish. D. Bamman, T. Magnitskaia & C. Zaller, eds., Proceedings of the 30 th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Liceras, J., H. Zobl and H. Goodluck, eds. The role of formal features in second language acquisition. New York and London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

(with J. Liceras and H. Goodluck) Introduction: Formal features in linguistic theory and learnability: The view from second language acquisition. J. Liceras, H. Zobl, H. Godluck, eds., The role of formal features in second language acquisition