Multilingualism: The Key Debates

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The University of Groningen is launching a new MA programme in Multilingualism in September 2013, in cooperation with University Campus Fryslân (UCF) and the NHL Leeuwarden. To celebrate the launch of this new programme, we are organising the conference Multilingualism: The Key Debates. The conference will be held from 12 to 14 September in the only officially multilingual province of the Netherlands: Friesland.

During the conference eight renowned scientists will meet to debate longstanding and pressing questions about multilingualism. The debates will be open to the general public. The confirmed debaters are:

Daniel L. Everett
Robert Phillipson
Geoffrey K. Pullum
Tove Skutnabb-Kangas
Abram de Swaan
Guillaume Thierry

For the general part of the conference researchers are invited to submit proposals for 20-minute presentations (plus 10 minutes for questions) relating to any aspect of research into multilingualism (or bilingualism). Topics may cover (but are not limited to)

• Multilingual language development
• Second language learning
• Generative approaches to second language acquisition
• Language contact and change in multilingual communities
• Language contact and change in bidialectal communities
• Multilingual speech processing
• Neurological foundations of multilingualism
• Receptive multilingualism
• Language attrition
• Language shift and loss
• Multilingual education
• Language planning and policy making
• Generative approaches to multilingualism

Abstracts should not exceed 400 words, and can be uploaded at

For queries about the conference, please contact multiling2013 at UCF dot nl

The scientific committee of Multilingualism – the Key Debates consists of:

Kees de Bot
Charlotte Gooskens
Petra Hendriks
Nanna Haug Hilton
Remco Knooihuizen
Goffe Jensma
Hanneke Loerts
Dennis Ott
Jeffrey Parrott
Alex Riemersma
Marjolijn Verspoor
Jan Wouter Zwart

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Meeting Location:
Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

Contact Information:
Nanna Haug Hilton

Meeting Dates:
The Multilingualism: The Key Debates will be held from 12-Sep-2013 to 14-Sep-2013.

Abstract Submission Information:
Abstracts can be submitted from 08-Feb-2013 until 01-May-2013.

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