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International Workshop: Bilingualism vs. monolingualism: a new perspective on limitations to L2 acquisition

Zuletzt aktualisiert: 4 Aug 2016

June 19th-20th 2017

Among the most controversial issues in research on bilingualism is the question whether (late) L2 acquisition is qualitatively different from first language acquisition. In this context, it is important to disentangle age effects from bilingualism effects (Kupisch, 2012, Hopp & Schmid, 2013; Schmid, forthc.), since studies investigating crosslinguistic influence in bilingual speakers suggest that bilinguals process their L2s and their L1(s) differently from monolinguals irrespective of the age of onset of bilingualism. To advance our understanding of bilingual acquisition and processing, comparisons of bilingual language acquisition and processing across different groups of bilingual learners (2L1, early and late L2) as well as L1 attriters are called for. This workshop aims to bring together new and complementary comparative perspectives on (2)L1 and L2 acquisition, bilingual language processing and attrition.

Confirmed invited speakers:

  • Professor Arturo E. Hernandez (University of Houston) more
  • Professor Jürgen Meisel (Universität Hamburg/University of Calgary) more

The present workshop is part of an ESRC-funded Seminar Series on Language Attrition. However, the focus of the workshop is not restricted to language attrition. Rather, we would like to invite submissions from a large range of topics related to the issue of differences between monolinguals and bilinguals and the dynamics of the linguistic competence in bilingual development and language use. Submissions based on models from a variety of theoretical backgrounds are explicitly called for. Hence, topics of the conference will include but not be limited to:

  • comparisons of language processing in the different languages of bi- or multilingual speakers, attriters and L2 learners
  • comparisons of language processing in monolingual and bi- or multilingual speakers, attriters and L2 learners
  • studies on crosslinguistic influence between languages in bi- and multilingual speakers, attriters and L2 learners
  • neuroimaging and neurocognitive studies of language processing in bi- and multilinguals
  • studies on very advanced stages of L2 acquisition
  • studies on L1 attrition at different stages
  • comparisons of methodology across populations

A panel of expert reviewers will choose abstracts for talks (30-minute talks, 20 minutes presentation plus 10 minutes discussion) and posters. Abstracts should be 400 words in Times New Roman (12 point) excluding tables and references on one A4 page. Figures, tables and references can be on a second page. Please, include the title, the name(s) of author(s) and their affiliation(s).

Important dates:

Abstract submission: until 30/11/2016
Notification of acceptance: 31/01/2017
Early bird registration: 01/03-30/04/2017
Conference: June 19-20 2017

Organised by Barbara Köpke (Octogone-Lordat), Holger Hopp (Technische Universität Braunschweig), Tanja Kupisch (Universität Konstanz)

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