LINGUIST List 14.867

Tue Mar 25 2003

Confs: Second Lang Acquisition, CA USA

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  1. petrova, Conference on Second Language Acquisition

Message 1: Conference on Second Language Acquisition

Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 02:09:27 +0000
From: petrova <>
Subject: Conference on Second Language Acquisition

Conference on Second Language Acquisition 

Date: 02-May-2003 - 03-May-2003
Location: Los Angeles, United States of America
Contact: Milena Petrova
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Sub-field: Language Acquisition

Meeting Description:

The Department of Linguistics, University of Southern California, will
host a two-day conference on Second Language Acquisition, May 2-3,
2003, funded by the Ahmanson Foundation, and organized around the
theme of "Knowledge of a Second Language Epistemological and
Empirical Issues". 

The intended audience is one consisting of linguists, cognitive
psychologists, language educators, and philosophers interested in
cognitive and epistemological issues. The conference will consist of
six invited presentations, three on the first day, three on the
second, and five of the six followed by commentary. The invited
presenters are John Archibald (University of Calgary), David Birdsong
(University of Texas), Elissa Newport (University of Rochester),
Bonnie Schwartz (University of Hawaii), Antonella Sorace (University
of Edinburgh), and Lydia White (McGill University).

The kinds of topics to be addressed are L2 research and the critical
period, L2 epistemological issues, L2 knowledge and the brain, L2
research: syntax and morphology, L2 research: phonology, etc. Related
questions are those such as What kind of knowledge is 'knowledge of a
second language'? Is L2 knowledge epistemologically the same as, or
different from, L1 knowledge? How would one go about deciding?
Crucially, is there a so-called 'critical period' of language
development, whose existence, per force, would require postulating L2
knowledge acquired post-puberty as fundamentally different from L1
knowledge? What about arguments rooted in the poverty-of-stimulus
issue and are they applicable to L2 knowledge? How might L2 knowledge
be represented neurologically in the brain? For further information,
please visit our web cite:

Conference organizers: 
Hagit Borer 
Toben Mintz 
William Rutherford 
Maria Luisa Zubizarreta
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