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LINGUIST List 24.870

Mon Feb 18 2013

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

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

Date: 18-Feb-2013
From: Nanna H Hilton <multiling2013ucf.nl>
Subject: Multilingualism: The Key Debates
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Full Title: Multilingualism: The Key Debates

Date: 12-Sep-2013 - 14-Sep-2013
Location: Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Contact Person: Nanna H Hilton
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://sites.google.com/site/multilingualismthekeydebates/

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

Call Deadline: 29-Mar-2013

Meeting Description:

University Campus Fryslân (UCF) is launching a new MA programme in Multilingualism in September 2013, in cooperation with the University of Groningen and the NHL Leeuwarden. To celebrate the launch of this new programme, we are organising the conference Multilingualism: The Key Debates. The conference will be held from 12 to 14 September in the only officially multilingual province of the Netherlands: Friesland.

Over the course of two and a half days, a general scientific conference programme will take place during the day. In the afternoons and early evenings, eight renowned scientists will meet to debate longstanding and pressing questions about multilingualism. The four key questions are:

Is language an innate property of humans, or is it something acquired?
Does learning a new language change the way we think?
Is it possible to reverse the trend when a speaker group has started to language shift?
Should language planning and policy protect linguistic diversity or promote linguistic homogeneity?

The debates will be open to the general public. Some of the confirmed debaters are:

Daniel L. Everett
Robert Phillipson
Geoffrey K. Pullum
Tove Skutnabb-Kangas
Abram de Swaan
Guillaume Thierry

Call for Papers:

We invite scholars to submit proposals for 20-minute presentations (plus 10 minutes for questions) for the scientific component of the conference.

The call is open to any subfield relevant to the topics in the Key Debates about multilingualism (see also: http://sites.google.com/site/multilingualismthekeydebates), and may cover (but are not limited to) bilingual language development, neurological foundations of multilingualism, second language learning, language contact, language change, language attrition, multilingual education, and language planning and policy making.

Abstracts should not exceed 400 words.

To submit an abstract visit:


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