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LINGUIST List 16.1450

Sun May 08 2005

Confs: Language Acquisition/Bolzano, Italy

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        1.    Liliana Albertazzi, Seminar on Bi- and Multilingualism and Cognition


Message 1: Seminar on Bi- and Multilingualism and Cognition
Date: 06-May-2005
From: Liliana Albertazzi <liliana.albertazziunitn.it>
Subject: Seminar on Bi- and Multilingualism and Cognition


Seminar on Bi- and Multilingualism and Cognition
Short Title: BML

Date: 19-May-2005 - 21-May-2005
Location: Bolzano, Italy
Contact: Liliana Albertazzi
Contact Email: liliana.albertazziunitn.it
Meeting URL: http://www.mitteleuropafoundation.it

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Meeting Description:

The aim of this seminar is to discuss the most recent research on cognitive
aspects of bi- and multilingualism. Since language research is basically
cognitive research, a cognitive theory of language is the most suitable
theoretical framework in which to bring together psychology, linguistics, and
bilingualism. Research has demonstrated that a significant amount of cognitive
development results from the internalization of interpersonal communicative
processes. Cognitive approaches to bi- and multilingualism attempt to find out
what happens if these interpersonal communicative processes involve the use of
more than one language. Earlier research studies concentrated on the bilingual
person and the product of thinking, while recent trends have seemed to favour
the process of thinking, focusing on language recall, reaction time, information
processing and memorization, on the one hand, and social and conceptual
development on the other. Issues reflecting these developments will be addressed
and discussed in the seminar. Ample time will be allocated to discussion. The
first two days will be devoted to presentation/discussion of the invited
speakers' contributions, while the third one will be taken up by panel/short
presentations. Power point presentations are encouraged. If you are interested
in attending the workshop and/or contributing your own ideas, please send a mail
(with a two-page abstract if you intend to give a presentation/panel) to the
address below before April 15.

Invited keynote speakers (confirmed):

Ellen Bialystok (Department of Psychology, York University, Canada) 'Cognitive
effects of bilingualism across the lifespan.'

Ton Dijkstra (Nijmegen Institute for Cognition and Information, The Netherlands)
'Task and context effects in bilingual processing.'

Istvan Kecskes (State University of New York, Albany, USA) 'Synergic concepts in
the bilingual mind.'

Michel Paradis (McGill University, Cognitive Neuroscience Center, Canada) 'The
components of the bilingual cognitive system.'

The conference will be organized by the Mitteleuropa Foundation, Bolzano,
Portici Street, 30, Italy (http://www.mitteleuropafoundation.it)

If you are interested in attending the workshop and/or contributing your own
ideas, please send an email (with a two-page abstract in attachment if you
intend to give a presentation/panel) to the secretary of Mitteleuropa
Foundation, Dr. Paola Benevento (p.beneventomitteleuropafoundation.it) before
April 15.

Important Dates:
Deadline for abstract submissions: April 15, 2005
Conference: May 19-21, 2005
Information about how to reach Bolzano are available from the Foundation's
webpage (http://www.mitteleuropafoundation.it)

SEMINAR ON BI- AND MULTILINGUALISM AND COGNITION

19-21 May 2005
Mitteleuropa Foundation, Bolzano, Italy

Thursday 19, Morning

8.30-9.15 Registration
9.15-9.30 Welcome Address

9.30-10.30 Michel Paradis (McGill University, Department of Linguistics)
The components of the bilingual cognitive system. Part 1

10.30-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-12.00 Michel Paradis (McGill University, Department of Linguistics)
The components of the bilingual cognitive system. Part 2

Afternoon

15.30-16.30 Ton Dijkstra (Nijmegen Institute for Cognition and Information)
Task and context effects in bilingual processing. Part 1

16.30-17.00 Coffee break

17.00-18.00 Ton Dijkstra (Nijmegen Institute for Cognition and Information)
Task and context effects in bilingual processing. Part 2

18.30-19.00 S. Seegmiller, D. Townsend, M. Call, S. Mancini, N. Ilea (Montclair
State University)
Bilingual processing of English aspectual properties


Friday 20, Morning

9.00-10.00 Ellen Bialystok (Department of Psychology, York University)
Cognitive effects of bilingualism across the lifespan: ''Children''

10.00-10.30 Coffee break

10.30-11.30 Ellen Bialystok (Department of Psychology, York University)
Cognitive effects of bilingualism across the lifespan: ''Adulthood''

12.00-12.30 Jerry Wong (City University of Hong Kong)
The process of bilingual acquisition through social and conceptual development

Afternoon

15.30-16.30 Istvan Kecskes (State University of New York, Albany)
Dual language system

16.30-17.00 Coffee break

17.00-18.00 Istvan Kecskes (State University of New York, Albany)
Synergic concepts in the bilingual mind

18.30-19.00 Jean-Marc Dewaele (School of Languages, Birkbeck, University of
London) Multilinguals' language choice for inner speech


Saturday 21, Morning

09.00-09.30 Katrien Mondt (Department of Linguistics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Variables that matter: An fMRI study of bilingual children

09.30-10.00 Franca Sulas, Dario Zanetti (Istituto di Clinica Neurologica
Università di Sassari)
Neurobiological basis of language: contribution of studies on bilingual aphasic
patients: neurolinguistic investigation of a case

10.00-10.30 Coffee break

10.30-11.00 Suzanne Mallery (La Sierra University Riverside)
Working memory and memory span in young adult bilinguals

11.00-11.30 Rebekah Rast (The American University of Paris)
Information processing upon first exposure to a second language

11.30-12.00 Athanasopoulos Panos (University of Essex)
Effects of linguistic structure on non-linguistic cognition in bilinguals

12.00-12.30 Antonia Soriente (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Antropology,
Jakarta)
Cross-linguistic and cognitive factors in the acquisition of WH-questions in an
Italian-Indonesian bilingual child

Afternoon

15.00-15.30 Angeliki Salamoura (University of Cambridge)
The role of the native language on the representation of grammatical gender in
the mental lexicon of bilinguals

15.30-16.00 E. Andonova, A. Gosheva, A. Janyan (New Bulgarian University)
Second-Language gender system affects First-Language gender categorization

16.00-16.30 Anatoliy Kharkhurin (Department of Experimental Psychology, City
University of New York)
The influence of language proficiency and cross-cultural experience on
bilinguals' divergent thinking abilities

16.30-17.00 Coffee break

17.00-17.30 K.C. Monaka, T.V. Moumakwa (University of Botswana)
Linguistic and cognitive effects of multilingualism in Botswana: The case of
Shekgalagarhi, a minority language

17.30-18.00 Paola Capitani (Gruppo Semantica e Terminologia nei Portali, Firenze)
Web Semantics and Terminology

18.00-18-30 Federica Missaglia (Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano)
Phonetic and phonological development in 'late' early bilingualism

18.30-19.00 Agnes M. Kovacs (S.I.S.S.A, Trieste)
Is bilinguals'advantage in theory of mind a linguistic or an inhibitory benefit?


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