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LINGUIST List 24.4242

Sat Oct 26 2013

Calls: Romance, Sociolinguistics, Language Acquisition, General Linguistics/Canada

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

Date: 25-Oct-2013
From: Silvia Perpiñán <sperpinauwo.ca>
Subject: Romance Languages as Minority and/or Heritage Languages
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Full Title: Romance Languages as Minority and/or Heritage Languages

Date: 02-May-2014 - 04-May-2014
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Contact Person: Silvia Perpiñán
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics

Language Family(ies): Romance

Call Deadline: 09-Dec-2013

Meeting Description:

Heritage speakers, or early bilingual speakers of minority languages (typically 2nd or 3rd generation immigrants), have not received much attention in linguistic research until recently. Most of these studies have shown that heritage speakers attain different degrees of command of their first or family language, but on average they do not reach native-like attainment in adulthood. There is a longer tradition of research on minority languages, for example, minority French in Ontario, which examines minority language restriction as one factor in language variation.

Call for Papers:

The purpose of this special session is to bring together researchers who work on Romance heritage languages and on Romance languages acquired in minority contexts to compare and contrast results of studies on these understudied populations. This encounter will contribute to the recent body of research on heritage languages, allowing for crosslinguistic comparisons. Submissions on the acquisition of Romance languages as minority languages not in contact with English are particularly encouraged.

Some of the theoretical topics that may arise in this session include:

- The issue of transfer from the majority language
- Directionality of change. Do minority and heritage languages tend to simplification?
- The causes of non-native-like achievement. Incomplete acquisition vs. attrition vs. qualitatively different input
- Language attrition in 1st (and subsequent) generation immigrants
- To what extent do long-established minority languages and immigrant heritage languages have similar or distinct linguistic patterns?

Abstracts should not exceed two pages in length (including data, references, etc.), in 12-point type. All margins should be at least one inch wide (2.5 cm). Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author.

Abstracts should be submitted in PDF form via EasyAbs (please specify in your abstract document whether your submission is for a presentation in the main session, a poster, or the special session).

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