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Full Title: Multilingual Discourse Competence

Location: Munich, Germany
Start Date: 12-Nov-2014 - 13-Nov-2014
Contact: Nikolas Koch
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: As immigration and emigration increase around the world, the salience of multilingualism will intensify, including the need for multilingual writing abilities. In big European cities the numbers of students in primary and secondary schools with a multilingual background reach 40%. The vast majority of these children demonstrate high competency in L1 and L2 speaking abilities, however, they remain monolingual in the written medium. Specifically in Germany, only a small percentage of migrant children are offered the option to attend lessons in their heritage language in order to become biliterate.

To discuss the importance of multilingual writing skills and their impact on the language competence of bilinguals, the International Research Center for Multilingualism (IFM) and the Institute for German as a Foreign Language of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich organize a symposium on Multilingual Discourse Competence which takes place on 12 and 13 November 2014 in Munich.

The aim of the symposium is to explore different types of cross-linguistic influence:

It will be discussed in which way written texts of bilingual individuals are influenced not only by the transfer of linguistic features (syntactic, semantic etc.) from one language to the other but also by the transfer of discourse strategies. We will have a closer look on how differences in discourse patterns may be expressed in diverse macro-structures, in the creative use of particular language patterns or in a different communication mode (conceptual oral vs. conceptual written). Moreover, we intend to detect educational and societal factors that might influence the discourse competence in both languages (e.g. different types of instruction, socio-economic and educational background of the parents, language attitudes).

The conference brings together internationally leading scientists who will provide insights into their current research projects:

Mehmet-Ali Akinici (Université de Rouen)
Michael Becker-Mrotzek (Universität zu Köln und Mercator Institut für
Sprachförderung und Deutsch als Zweitsprache)
Rita Franceschini (Freie Universität Bozen)
Sanne Larsen (University of Copenhagen)
Marilyn Martin-Jones (University of Birmingham)
Dominique Rauch (Deutsches Institut für Internationale Pädagogische
Forschung, Frankfurt a. Main)
Claudia Maria Riehl (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Anita Schilcher (Universität Regensburg)

The target audience of the symposium are faculty members, graduate students and students of German as a foreign and second language, linguistics, and teacher training programs. The symposium is also open to a general audience interested in this topic.

The programme will be published by the end of August on our homepage:

Registration is not necessary.


IBZ, Amalienstraße 38, 80799 München
Contact: Dr. Anne-Katharina Harr, Julia Meyer (M.A.) und Nikolas Koch
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Language Acquisition; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 25.2324

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