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LINGUIST List 24.1935

Mon May 06 2013

Calls: Applied Ling, Language Acquisition, Psycholing, Socioling/USA

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 03-May-2013
From: Jessica Cox <jgc48georgetown.edu>
Subject: Older Adult Language Learners
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Full Title: Older Adult Language Learners

Date: 22-Mar-2014 - 25-Mar-2014
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
Contact Person: Jessica Cox
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Jun-2013

Meeting Description:

Panel organizer: Jessica G. Cox, Georgetown University
Discussant: TBA

As the population of physically and mentally active older adults (e.g., age 55+) increases worldwide, interest in the interaction between aging and language learning is also on the increase. From a cognitive viewpoint of second language acquisition (SLA), changes in cognition due to healthy aging may have important ramifications for SLA. From a social perspective, older adults’ views of themselves and their mental capacity may equally inform learning processes. Both perspectives are crucial for developing best practices for instructing older adults and understanding older adult SLA. In addition, both cognitive and social approaches can investigate related topics such as re-learning an attrited L1 or maintenance of active bilingualism in older age. This colloquium will investigate topics such as these to bring together the fledgling research projects in the area and suggest directions for research in the near future.

Call for Papers:

I welcome abstracts from a variety of perspectives, including but not limited to: cognitive effects of healthy aging, cognitive effects of patient aging, social use of language to position identity or to express affect, and bilingualism in older adults. Send 250-word abstracts to jgc48georgetown.edu for consideration. Abstracts should follow APA guidelines. Send any questions to the same email address.



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