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Full Title: Receptive Multilingualism: Multilingual Resources in Service of Mutual Understanding
Short Title: REMU
Location: Joensuu, Finland
Start Date: 28-May-2015 - 29-May-2015
Contact: Pirkko Muikku-Werner
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Meeting Description: Studies in multilingualism and language acquisition focus largely on production. Yet communication and language learning begin with comprehension. This conference discusses the various aspects of comprehension and intelligibility across languages from multiple perspectives, such as linguistics, cognition, pedagogy and language policy.

The invited speakers:

- Charlotte Gooskens (University of Groningen, Department of Applied Linguistics, the Netherlands)
- Britta Hufeisen (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institut für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaf, Germany)
- Raphael Berthele (University of Fribourg, Institute of Multilingualism, Switzerland)

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers who focus on, for example, the following topics:

- Mutual intelligibility across related and unrelated languages
- Theoretical and methodological issues
- Measuring distances between languages
- Pedagogical approaches to mutual intelligibility
- Social and psychological determinants of mutual intelligibility
- Mutual intelligibility in language policy (in European Union and elsewhere)

Papers based on conference presentations will be published in a peer-reviewed international publication (e.g. Lähivördlusi. Lähivertailuja).


Presentations by invited speakers
Presentations by other participants (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion)


Research network VIRSU (Finno-Ugric Languages as Target Languages):

Organizing Committee:

Pirkko Muikku-Werner (chair)
Annekatrin Kaivapalu (vice-chair)
Hanna-Ilona Härmävaara
Maria Kok, Maisa Martin
Helka Riionheimo
Håkan Ringbom

More information on the conference will be available in the Second Circular and on the conference webpages by the end of September:
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition
LL Issue: 25.1691

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