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LINGUIST List 24.3858

Tue Oct 01 2013

Calls: Psycholing, Cognitive Science, Language Acq, Discourse Analysis/UK

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 01-Oct-2013
From: Outi Tuomainen <o.tuomainenucl.ac.uk>
Subject: Workshop on Late Stages in Speech and Communication Development
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Full Title: Workshop on Late Stages in Speech and Communication Development
Short Title: LSCD 2014

Date: 03-Apr-2014 - 04-Apr-2014
Location: London, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Local Organising committee
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychlangsci/research/speech/lscd-2014

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 06-Jan-2014

Meeting Description:

Much emphasis in research on speech and communication development has been on the rapid developments that occur in the first five years of life. However, less attention has been given to later stages of development. When, in fact, is development truly complete? Research has shown that even when a child is judged to be consistently producing all speech sounds, production is not adult-like, with more dispersed and variable phoneme categories and motor gestures.

Similarly, in speech perception, phoneme categories are less clearly defined until early teens and children are more affected by noise and reverberation. Cognitive, attentional and memory factors may also influence children's ability to use speech effectively; communicative and conversational strategies (such as repair and turn-taking) continue to develop in adolescence. The age at which a given linguistic unit or communicative competence has been acquired and what constitutes the criterion for successful acquisition is therefore a far from trivial question. This will be a particular focus of the workshop, along with the interplay between speech development and cognitive, perceptual and motor systems.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for interactions between researchers from areas of developmental research that rarely meet, even though they are linked: speech and communication is often investigated either from a purely phonetic/phonological perspective, or focused on interactional/pragmatic principles. The manner in which the two interact through development is little explored. These questions are relevant for clinical and educational practice, and also inform theories of language processing and levels of representations.

Invited Speakers:

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL) (TBC)
Melissa Redford (University of Oregon)
Stuart Rosen (UCL)
Jack Sidnell (University of Toronto)
Bill Wells (University of Sheffield)
Natalia Zharkova (Queen Margaret University)

The workshop is organised under the aegis of the ESRC project on Speaker-controlled Variability in Children's Speech in Interaction based at UCL.

Call for Papers:

We invite submissions, for oral and poster presentations, that deal with the following topics focusing on populations aged 5 years to early adulthood:

- Later developments in speech perception in typically-developing children
- Later developments in speech production in typically-developing children
- Development in discourse: structure, repair strategies, dysfluencies
- Speech and communication development in bilinguals and second-language learners
- Development in auditory, cognitive, attentional skills and impact on speech and communication development
- Development of sociolinguistic variations
- Perception and production in adverse listening conditions
- Research on speech and communication development in atypical populations that informs on typical development

Abstracts (in English) should be submitted by 6 January 2014, via Easychair (submission site open from 15 November). Submitted abstracts should not include authors and affiliations and must not be longer than two pages of A4-format. References and figures can be on an additional page. Abstracts should be single-spaced and in Calibri 11pt font. Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by two reviewers. Authors will be requested to submit a final version of the extended abstract after acceptance.

Important Dates:

First call for papers: 1 October 2013
Abstract submission opens: 15 November 2013
Submission deadline of abstracts: 6 January 2014
Notification of acceptance: 31 January 2014
Workshop: 3-4 April 2014

Local Organising Committee:

Sonia Granlund
Lorna Halliday
Valerie Hazan (Chair)
Merle Mahon
Caroline Newton
Michèle Pettinato
Outi Tuomainen

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