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LINGUIST List 20.2456

Thu Jul 09 2009

Calls: Language Acquisition/Germany

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        1.    Sharon Unsworth, Internal and External Factors in Child L2 (DGfS 2010)

Message 1: Internal and External Factors in Child L2 (DGfS 2010)
Date: 09-Jul-2009
From: Sharon Unsworth <s.unsworthuu.nl>
Subject: Internal and External Factors in Child L2 (DGfS 2010)
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Full Title: Internal and External Factors in Child L2 (DGfS 2010)

Date: 23-Feb-2010 - 26-Feb-2010
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Sharon Unsworth
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://dgfs.hu-berlin.de/

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 06-Sep-2009

Meeting Description:

This workshop is part of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS 2010) at the Humboldt University, Berlin, from 23-26 February, 2010. It aims to bring together researchers conducting studies with second language (L2) children in order to generate a discussion on the impact of internal and external factors in comprehension, production, and processing in child L2 acquisition.

A considerable amount of research has investigated the impact of internal and external factors in adult second language (L2) acquisition including e.g., transfer effects from the L1 and effects of age of onset (internal) and the effects of instructed vs. naturalistic exposure (external) (White, 2003). Research on child L2 acquisition is relatively limited compared to adult L2 acquisition, but in the last five years a growing number of studies has started to investigate child L2 acquisition, both in comparison to adult L2 acquisition (e.g., Blom, Polisenska, & Weerman, 2006; Schwartz, 2003; Unsworth, 2005) and to children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) (e.g., Paradis, 2005; 2008; Paradis & Crago, 2003). Most studies have focused on language production, (e.g., Thoma & Tracy 2006), with a limited number investigating comprehension (Grueter, 2005; Schulz & Wenzel 2008), and on-line processing (Marinis, 2007; 2008). This workshop aims to bring together researchers conducting studies with L2 children from different perspectives in order to generate a discussion on the impact of internal and external factors in comprehension, production, and processing in child L2 acquisition.

Call for Papers:

We invite papers investigating the impact of internal and/or external factors on child L2 acquisition of morphology, syntax, and semantics using a variety of tasks including production, comprehension, and on-line processing.

The following research questions will be addressed:

- How do the properties of the L1 and the L2 interact in child L2 acquisition?
- Are transfer effects limited to production or do they also appear in comprehension and processing strategies?
- How does age of onset, years of exposure, quantity and quality of input affect child L2 acquisition and how do these factors interact with the age of the learners?
- Are child L2 acquisition of morphology, syntax, and semantics affected in the same way by these internal and external factors?
- Can individual variation in children be explained on the basis of external factors?

This workshop is relevant for researchers working on L2 acquisition in typically-developing children and children with SLI. We hope it will provide a rich forum to address the impact of internal and external factors in L2 acquisition in a systematic way.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

- Abstracts are for 20-minute talks (plus 10 minutes for discussion).
- Abstracts should be one A4 page max. (Times New Roman, 12pt, single-spaced, one-inch-margins), including tables, figures and references.
- Abstracts must be in pdf format.
- Abstracts should contain the title of the talk, but not the authors.
- Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail. Names, affiliations and contact details of the authors and the title of the abstract should be included in the body of the e-mail. Abstracts should be in the attachment.

Please send abstracts to dgfs2010childbilingualism.org. The subject line should include 'abstract submission'.

Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: September 6th, 2009.
Notification of acceptance: October 15, 2009.
Conference dates: February 23-26, 2009.

The Workshop Organizers:

Theodoros Marinis (t.marinisreading.ac.uk)
Sharon Unsworth (s.unsworthuu.nl)



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