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Full Title: Variation in Language Acquisition

Short Title: ViLA 2
Location: Grenoble, France
Start Date: 03-Dec-2014 - 05-Dec-2014
Contact: Jean-Pierre Chevrot
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Meeting Description: In the beginning of the 20th Century, language was studied as clearly defined homogenous systems, independent from other cognitive mechanisms (e.g. social or spatial cognition). However, during the second half of the 20th Century, sociolinguistic studies challenged this perspective considering languages as evolving and heterogeneous systems. This structured heterogeneity is due to their internal dynamics, the contacts between them, and their links with social organization, which is itself evolving, composite and multi-layered. This new perspective has repercussions on language acquisition studies. The language environment the child/learner is confronted to is variable and part of this variation is organized by social factors.

ViLA2 aims to bring together the growing amount of research that takes into account language-internal variation as well as variation between two or more languages in both first and second language acquisition. The conference, a follow-up to a 2012 workshop (Münster, Germany), will be held at the University of Grenoble, in the French Alps.


Before 31 October:

- General: 100€
- Students, post-doc, unaffiliated: 60€
- Gala dinner: 45€

The fees include the three lunches and the coffee breaks.

After 31 October:

- General: 140€
- Students, post-doc, unaffiliated: 80€
- Gala dinner: 45€

The fees include the three lunches and the coffee breaks.

Invited Speakers:

Elizabeth Lanza
University of Oslo

Jeff Siegel
University of New England

Vera Regan
University College Dublin

Jennifer Smith
University of Glasgow
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 25.4502

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