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Full Title: Pushing for Precision on Initial Input Processing in SLA: Are We Speaking the Same Language?

Location: Paris (St. Denis), France
Start Date: 18-May-2017 - 19-May-2017
Contact: Rebekah Rast
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Meeting Description: The primary objective of this symposium is to address input processing at the initial stages of foreign language acquisition (including second, third and additional) and the interface with foreign language teaching.

Building on the richness of theories in SLA, rather than eschewing it, we wish to discuss input processing from different perspectives with a view to identifying overlap in our research questions, theories, methodologies and/or findings. One objective may be to work towards finding a common terminology. For instance, some researchers may not refer to ''input processing'' if this is taken to mean something different from ''processing input''. Some researchers refer to ''input'' as external to the mental system (the linguistic input of the environment), whereas others equate ''input'' with an internal system in which one processor produces output that serves as input to another processor.

We therefore wish to discuss questions, such as: How is language represented in our minds? What are the cognitive processes involved in input processing? What is the relation between input processing, intake and acquisition? What are implications of our research and theoretical frameworks for questions of implicit and explicit learning? How do these implications extend to questions of language teaching?

The symposium will conclude with a roundtable designed to identify common themes, work to build consensus and lay out directions for future research.

Guest Speakers:

Giuliano Bernini (Università degli Studi di Bergamo)
Nick Ellis (University of Michigan)
Aline Godfroid (Michigan State University)
Alex Housen and Hannelore Simoens (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Barbara Köpke (Université de Toulouse)
Kara Morgan-Short (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Michael Sharwood Smith (Heriot-Watt University and University of Edinburgh)
Bill VanPatten (Michigan State University)

Round Table facilitators:

Heather Hilton (Université Lyon 2, France)
Daniel Véronique (Université Aix-Marseille, France)
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics
Subject Language: English; French
LL Issue: 28.1485

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