The WOSLAC Project

The WOSLAC Project is a project at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, with a focus on exploring aspects of language learning, particularly in regard to word order phenomena. Woslac stands for Word Order in Second Language Acquisition Corpora.

The project started in 2005 with funding from the Spanish Ministry of Education (Research grant HUM2005-01728/FILO). The official title of the grant is: "The lexicon-syntax and discourse-syntax interfaces: Syntactic and pragmatic factors in the acquisition of L2 English and L2 Spanish".

The main purpose of this project is to determine the lexicon-syntax and syntax-discourse properties which constrain word order in the interlanguage of L2 learners of English (with L1 Spanish) and L2 learners of Spanish (with L1 English). In particular, the project explores the validity of the Unaccusative Hypothesis at the lexicon-syntax interface and the role of discourse functions such as topic and focus at the syntax-discourse interface in L2 Spanish and English.

For more information on the project, please see: http://www.uam.es/woslac/