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Research

Photos: As a mentor for the Research Intensive Summer Experience (RISE) program through the Big 10 Academic Alliance and Project SUPER to support women in research

Research Interests

Broad: First and Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, Bilingual Education

Narrow: Bilingual language acquisition, heritage language development, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and their interaction, immersion and two-way bilingual education, second language pedagogy, typical and atypical development

My research reflects an interest in exploring issues in bilingualism with direct implications for teachers in the classroom and for bilingual communities in the U.S. I focus on bilingual language acquisition in children who are both heritage speakers and second language (L2) learners, and how a child’s two languages interact and change over the course of development. Through a variety of quantitative experimental methods, I explore the impact of external factors including bilingual education, age of acquisition, quality and quantity of input and sociolinguistic background. The primary purpose of my research program is to strengthen theoretical and empirical connections so that the knowledge gained can become directly accessible to a wider audience.

Publications

Goldin, M. (submitted). Input versus output: the development of subject-verb agreement in the English and Spanish of heritage speaker children in dual language schools.

Goldin, M., Syrett, K., Sánchez, L. (under review). Perspective-taking with deictic motion verbs in Spanish heritage child speakers: Context-dependent cross-linguistic influence at the lexical level.

Goldin, M. (in press). Acquisition of null subjects in heritage and L2 children. In Colomina-Almiñana, J. & S. Sessarego (Eds.). Patterns in Spanish: Structure, Context and Development. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Goldin, M. (2020). An exploratory study of the effect of Spanish immersion education on the acquisition of null subjects in child heritage speakers. Languages, 5, 18, 1-24.

Marull, C. & Goldin, M. (2018). The relationship between sensitivity to morphosyntactic violations and morphosyntactic anticipation in L2 comprehension. Proceedings of the 42nd annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Goldin, M. (2005). Dance anthropology: Spain in the flamenco trilogy of Carlos Saura and Antonio Gades.  Hispanic Culture Review, 11, 83-100.

Works in Progress

Goldin, M., Jimenez, A., López, J., Hur, E., Markovits, J., Thane, P., Sánchez, L., Austin, J. (in preparation). The effect of input on pragmatic acquisition in heritage bilingual children: the case of null subjects.

López-Otero, J. and Goldin, M. (in preparation). The role of age of acquisition in L2 Spanish imperatives: Insights from children and adults.

Thane, P., Markovits, J., Jimenez, A., López, J., Hur, E., Goldin, M., Austin, J. (in preparation). Assessing the need for bilingual assessments.  

Goldin, M. (data collected). Heritage language development in early childhood: A longitudinal study.

Goldin, M. (data collected). The emergence of passives in bilingual children.

 

 

Conference Presentations

Talks

2020               Sánchez, L., Goldin, M., Hur, E., Jiménez, A., López Otero, J., Austin, J. “The effect of home and school input on null subject development in bilingual children.” Heritage Languages Around the World, University of Lisbon, Portugal -Cancelled COVID-19

2019                Goldin, M. “Let’s agree to disagree: Asymmetric acquisition of subject-verb agreement in heritage bilingual children.” The Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (HLS), El Paso, TX

2019                Goldin, M., Syrett, K., Sánchez, L. “Easy come, easy go: Deictic verbs reveal cross-linguistic influence in heritage speakers of Spanish.” Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Athens, GA

2019                Sánchez, L., Goldin, M., Hur, E., Jiménez, A., López Otero, J., Austin, J. “The null subject parameter in a Spanish immersion school: heritage bilinguals and L2 learners.” Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA), Reno, NV

2018                Goldin, M. “Acquisition of null subjects by heritage and child L2 learners.” The Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (HLS), Austin, TX

2018                Kinsella, B., Goldin, M., González-Dárriba, P., Hur, E., Jiménez, A., López-Otero, J., & Lozano-Argüelles, C. “Community engagement and linguistic research on bilingualism.” Bilingualism Matters Research Symposium, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

2018               Goldin, M. “How Spanish immersion schooling can affect the language development of child heritage speakers.” American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain

2018                Goldin, M. “The role of Spanish immersion schooling in the null subject comprehension of child heritage speakers.” 5th Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, Iowa City, IA

2018                Goldin, M. “An exploratory study of the effect of Spanish immersion schooling on the English comprehension of null subjects in child heritage speakers.” Brown Bag Lunch series, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers University

2018                Marull, C. & Goldin, M. “How does Sensitivity to Morphosyntactic Violations relate to Morphosyntactic Anticipation in L2 Comprehension.” Florida Linguistics Yearly Meeting (FLYM), Miami, FL

2017                 Marull, C. & Goldin, M. “On the Relationship between L2 Sensitivity to Morphosyntactic Violations and Morphosyntactic Anticipation.” The Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (HLS), Lubbock, TX.

 Posters

2020              López Otero, J. & Goldin, M. “The role of language use and exposure in the acquisition of heritage Spanish imperatives: Insights from children and adults.” Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America Conference (GALANA), Reykjavík, Iceland

2019                Sánchez, L., Goldin, M., Hur, E., Jiménez, A., López Otero, J., Austin, J. “Knowledge of null subjects in heritage Spanish bilinguals in a Spanish immersion school.” Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Athens, GA

2019                Goldin, M., Syrett, K., Sánchez, L. “Come to think of it: Heritage speakers’ use of deictic verbs.” Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA), Reno, NV

2018                Goldin, M. “An exploratory study of null subject development in child heritage speakers attending a Spanish immersion school.” Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America Conference (GALANA), Bloomington, IN

2018                Goldin, M. “The effect of Spanish immersion schooling on the English comprehension of null subjects in child heritage speakers.” Penn Linguistics Conference, Philadelphia, PA

2017                Marull, C. & Goldin, M. “The Relationship between Sensitivity to Morphosyntactic Violations and Morphosyntactic Anticipation in L2 Comprehension.” Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD), Boston, MA

Invited Talks

2020               Goldin, M. “Let’s agree to disagree: Acquisition of subject-verb agreement in bilingual children.” Latino Studies Research Symposium, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ -Cancelled COVID-19

2020               Goldin, M. “Impact of the P.E.O Scholar Award on research in New Jersey.” P.E.O. State Convention, Bridgewater, NJ -Cancelled COVID-19

2018                Goldin, M. and Hur, E. “Community engagement through RU Bilingual.” Current Investigations in Bilingualism, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

2018                Sanchez, L., Goldin, M., Hur, E., Jiménez, A., López Otero, J. “Bilingual development in Spanish Heritage bilingual children” Latino Studies Research Symposium, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ