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LINGUIST List 23.1293

Wed Mar 14 2012

Confs: Lang Acquisition, Neuroling, Psycholing, General Ling/USA

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Date: 12-Mar-2012
From: Jennifer Nguyen <jgnguyenumich.edu>
Subject: Marshall M. Weinberg Symposium 2012: Bilingualism
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Marshall M. Weinberg Symposium 2012: Bilingualism

Date: 29-Mar-2012 - 29-Mar-2012
Location: Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Contact: Jennifer Nguyen
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/linguistics/events/marshallmweinbergsymposium

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics

Meeting Description:

The Marshall M. Weinberg Symposium is an annual interdisciplinary event that focuses on cognitive science and includes a philosophical commentary. The topic of the 2012 Symposium is Bilingualism. The purpose of this Symposium is to explore the implications of bilingual research for theories of human cognition. The first five speakers are specialists in bilingualism who will address the topic from a variety of perspectives: spoken-/signed-language bilingualism, code-switching and language mixing, cognitive development and bilingualism, preverbal infants and bilingualism, and first- vs. second-language bilingual acquisition in children. The sixth speaker is a philosopher who will pull together the strands of the five bilingualism talks by considering philosophical implications of the phenomenon of bilingualism.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Linguistics, with funding from an endowment for Philosophy and Cognitive Science. It is free and open to any who want to attend.

Welcome remarks: Terrence McDonald, Dean, College of Literature, Science and the Arts

Introduction: Bilingualism and the brain

Karen Emmorey, San Diego State University (website)
Bimodal bilingualism: When language is both spoken and signed

Peter Auer, University of Freiburg
From language mixing to ''mixed languages'': When style becomes grammar

Coffee break

Fred Genesee, McGill University
Early bilingualism: Perils and possibilities

12:35-2:00 Lunch

Nuria Sebastian-Galles, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Creeping and scooting on two languages

J├╝rgen Meisel, University of Hamburg & University of Calgary
Child bilingualism: Two first languages or early second language acquisition?

3:50-4:15 Coffee break

Gilbert Harman, Princeton University
Philosophical implications of bilingualism

Panel discussion with questions from the audience

Reception in the Rackham Assembly Hall

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