LINGUIST List 15.741

Mon Mar 1 2004

Calls: Applied Ling/Netherlands; General Ling/USA

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  1. ms.schmid, 2nd International Conference on First Language Attrition
  2. objork, South Central Modern Language Association Convention

Message 1: 2nd International Conference on First Language Attrition

Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2004 06:08:20 -0500 (EST)
From: ms.schmid <>
Subject: 2nd International Conference on First Language Attrition

2nd International Conference on First Language Attrition 
Short Title: 2nd ICFLA 

Date: 17-Aug-2005 - 20-Aug-2005
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact: Monika S. Schmid
Contact Email: 

Linguistic Sub-field: Applied Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2004 

Meeting Description:

The 2nd ICFLA will focus on the role of theoretical models for the
study of language attrition. 2nd ICFLA

International Conference on First Language Attrition

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 17-20 August 2005


Monika S. Schmid
Dept. of English
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Barbara Köpke
Laboratoire de Neuropsycholinguistique ''Jacques Lordat'' EA 1941
Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail

Keynote Speakers (in alphabetical order):

Vivian Cook (University of Essex, UK)
François Grosjean (Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
Kenneth Hyltenstam (Stockholm University, Sweden)
Pekka Hirvonen (Joensuu University, Finland)
Carol Myers-Scotton (University of Southern Carolina, USA)
Christophe Pallier (Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit INSERM U562, Paris,
Michel Paradis (McGill University, Montreal, Canada)
Antonella Sorace (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Important dates

First Call for Papers: February 2004
Second Call for Papers: August 2004
Deadline for abstracts: 30th November 2004
Notification of acceptance: 31st January 2005
Preregistration : 1st May 2005

Abstracts for 20 minute paper presentations or posters, maximum 300
words (excluding references) should be send to Please indicate if you have a preference for a
paper or poster.

Outline of topic:

Attrition can be defined as the non pathological loss of a language in
bilingual speakers. As such, it can be seen as a subfield of language
contact, but it should be distinguished from other contact phenomena
such as language change, shift, loss and death in bilingual
communities. Language change, shift and death typically take place in
bilingual communities across generations, whereas the term "attrition"
is used to refer to individual language loss and consequently takes
place within one generation. Furthermore, "attrition" can be defined
as loss of the structural aspects of language, i.e. change or
reduction in form, whilst "shift" is a loss of functional aspects,
i.e. the gradual replacement of one language by another with respect
to language use. It is this focus on structural aspects in individual
language loss that makes the attrition field so promising for
multidisciplinary approaches: linguistics, sociolinguistics,
psycholinguistics and even neurolinguistics (see Köpke & Schmid,
forthc.). Over the past decades, great progress has been made in the
area of theoretical interpretation and evaluation of the phenomena
witnessed in language attrition. The frameworks and models which have
been applied to research on attrition have become more sophisticated,
reflecting the relatively greater wealth of researcher's
experiences. This fine-tuning of how research questions are asked has,
in many instances, led to a more and more microlinguistic approach
which has made it possible to answer (albeit tentatively) some very
specific questions. The more general ones, however, remain unanswered.
This problem is compounded by the fact that the majority of attrition
studies appear to fall into one of two categories. The first category
comprises those investigations which inductively proceed from a
clearly defined theoretical framework, such as GB, minimalism, the
Abstract Level model etc., setting out to investigate one or more
predictions made by this theory in respect to language
attrition. These studies usually have a local, microlinguistic focus,
investigating one or two linguistic features, usually on no more than
one linguistic level (e.g. morphology). Sometimes, but by no means
always, they also investigate a small number of informants. They
typically elicit their data with one or two well-considered tests,
such as a grammaticality or truth value judgment. In the second
category are those studies that have chosen a deductive approach. Such
studies typically use a broader range of elicitation techniques, since
an approach that does not depart from a clearly specified and
theoretically informed hypothesis but from an observation of data
obviously has to cast its net much wider. In these cases, the
researcher attempts to approach the data with an open mind,
investigating every potentially interesting phenomenon and drawing
conclusions from this. What is, as yet, lacking are studies that
attempt to amalgamate both approaches, combining data that have been
elicited with a wide range of methods and investigated from all
possible angles with a theoretically rigid framework. Ideally, such an
approach would furthermore cover a wide range of languages and a large
number of informants. Obviously, this is not a task that can be
achieved by one researcher. But it is the necessary next step if real
progress is to be made in language attrition research �Euro" that is,
progress on more fundamental and global issues. In the light of these
considerations, it seems crucial that we now turn ourselves to the
task of building a broader base on which language attrition research
can be conducted.


Köpke, Barbara/Monika S. Schmid. forthc."Language attrition: the next
phase", to appear in: Monika S. Schmid/Barbara Köpke/Merel
Keijzer/Lina Weilemar (eds.) First Language Attrition:
Interdisciplinary perspectives on methodological issues. Proceedings
of the first International Conference on First Language Attrition,
Amsterdam, Aug. 2002. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Abstract submissions are encouraged in the following domains of L1
attrition research:

*methodological aspects of L1 attrition research
*linguistic features involved
*testing methodology
subject characteristics

*theoretical approaches to L1 attrition:
*linguistic perspectives, in particular:
*the role of typological distance/closeness of the languages in
*the validity of theoretical frameworks to account for phenomena
witnessed in attrition
*socio / ethnolinguistic perspectives, in particular:
*the role, nature, and quality of contact with the L1
*attitudinal factors within and across linguistic communities
*psycho / neurolinguistic perspectives, considering in particular:
*the effect of age at the onset of attrition and its possible
interaction with literacy
*the role of processing constraints in attrition
*the relationship between declarative / procedural memory and L1
*ERP / brain imaging studies of attrition

*comparative approaches to L1 attrition, i.e. studies focussing on
parallels between L1 attrition and
*L2 attrition
*L2 learning
*normal aging
*language change

*attrition in specific populations
*"late" attrition in early bilinguals
*sign language attrition
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Message 2: South Central Modern Language Association Convention

Date: Sun, 29 Feb 2004 20:31:58 -0500 (EST)
From: objork <>
Subject: South Central Modern Language Association Convention

South Central Modern Language Association Convention 
Short Title: SCMLA Convention 

Date: 28-Oct-2004 - 30-Oct-2004
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
Contact: Ede Hilton
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2004 

Meeting Description:

New Orleans is the site for SCMLA's 61st Annual meeting. Inspired by
the rich and mingled influences that mark this unique city's food,
music, arts, and ethnic tapestry, our conference theme is ''Cultural

Call for Papers

South Central American Dialect Society (Allied Session)
South Central MLA, New Orleans, LA, October 28-30, 2004
Conference Theme: ''Cultural Confluences''

Panel Theme: ''Open Topic''

Papers or 500-word abstracts on ''dialects,'' widely construed.
Possible topics might include:

* dialects of new media (email, chat, etc.)
* Creole and creolization
* ''pidgin'' dialects
* ''Spanglish'' or other hybrid dialects
* dialect versus language
* technology-related jargon
* argots of the work place
* gender, class, or race based dialects
* dialects in language pedagogy
* preservation of dialects
* popular culture and slang dialects
* other dialect forms (visual, musical, architectural, etc.)

Please send abstracts or papers electronically (either in email body
or as an attachment with extension .doc, .rtf, .txt, or .pdf) to
session chair Olin Bjork at no later than March
15, 2004. Presenters must be members of SCMLA by May 15, 2004.

Olin Bjork
Assistant Director
Computer Writing and Research Lab
Division of Rhetoric and Composition
University of Texas at Austin 
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