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LINGUIST List 24.1706

Tue Apr 16 2013

Confs: Language Acquisition/USA

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

Date: 16-Apr-2013
From: Cherice Montgomery <cherice_montgomerybyu.edu>
Subject: Second Language Research Forum 2013
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Second Language Research Forum 2013
Short Title: SLRF 2013

Date: 31-Oct-2013 - 02-Nov-2013
Location: Provo, Utah, USA
Contact: Kyle Vanderniet, Candice Snow
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://slrf.byu.edu

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Meeting Description:

Second Language Research Forum 2013
‘The Natural Phenomenon of SLA: Complexity, Context and Communication’
October 31-November 2, 2013

Hosted by: Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah)

We are proud to welcome the 2013 Second Language Research Forum to Utah, a state well known for its natural, diverse and complex landscape. We feel that it is a perfect fit when discussing the complexity, context, and communication within SLA.

Second language (L2) acquisition has been called a ‘natural’ phenomenon, but is it natural socially, biologically or cognitively? Recent research suggests that language is a 'complex adaptive system' involving cognitive, social and innate mechanisms, which all interact, adapt, and develop in complex ways (Ellis and Larsen-Freeman, 2009). Whether or not researchers adhere to this notion, there is little dispute that language is complex and affected by the context in which it occurs and the communication of ideas between people. Thus, this conference welcomes research that investigates the complexity of L2 acquisition, the contexts in which it is learned, and the communication it creates.

SLRF 2013 Conference Program:

Plenary Speakers:

Diane Larsen–Freeman
University of Michigan
‘Emergent Complexity: On Iteration and Interaction’

Catherine Doughty
University of Maryland
‘Pushing the Limits of Language Learning’

Invited Colloquia:

L2 Phonetics and Phonology: Insights from Studies of the L2 Lexicon
Rachel Hayes-Harb, University of Utah (Organizer)
Isabelle Darcy, Indiana University
Heather Goad, McGill University
Christine Shea, University of Iowa

Language Learning in an Immersion Environment
Dan Dewey and Jennifer Bown, Brigham Young University (Organizers)
Andrew Cohen, University of Minnesota
Christina Isabelli-Garcia, Illinois Wesleyan University

Contextualizing the Complexity of Writing in Second Language Research
Norman Evans and James Hartshorn, Brigham Young University (Organizers)
Dana Ferris, University of California, Davis
Charlene Polio, Michigan State University

Pre Conference Workshops (Wednesday):

Statistics and Second Language Research
Jenifer Larsen-Hall, Kyushu University (Organizer)

Exploring New Technologies for Increasing Research Capabilities
Harold Hendricks, BYU (Organizer)

The Role of Motivation in L2 Teaching and Learning
Neil J Anderson, BYU (Organizer)

Approaches to Analyzing Speech (Palatometer, Praat and More)
Shawn Nissen, BYU (Organizer)

Workshops of Interest for Teachers and Language Directors (Saturday):

Bridging the Gap between Practitioners and Researchers
Cherice Montgomery and Laura Catharine Smith, BYU (Organizers)

National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRCO) Workshop: Maximizing Student Performance during Immersion Experiences for Arabic Learners
Kirk Belnap, BYU (Organizer)

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