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International Journal of Bilingualism

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2012

Call Information:
We would like to invite abstracts for the annual thematic issue of the International Journal of Bilingualism (IJB) to be published in March 2015. The topic of the proposed thematic issue is ''Cross-linguistic aspects in child L2 acquisition'' and intends to bring together contributions from researchers examining the acquisition of interface and syntax-only phenomena in child L2 learners from a cross-linguistic perspective and/or by using different methodologies (production, off-line/on-line comprehension).

Our thematic issue will seek to comprise articles investigating how target language (TL) properties influence child L2 acquisition, whether acquisition of different kinds of interface conditions influences transfer differently, how the acquisition pattern can be mediated by external factors such as age of onset (AoO), length of exposure (LoE) to the L2 and quality of input, and how transfer can interact with TL properties to give rise to different acquisition patterns cross-linguistically. Finally, by comparing different modalities such as production, off-line and on-line comprehension, we will address possible (a)symmetries between production and comprehension, and we will investigate the nature of the potential production problems in L2 children with different AoO and LoE.

Potential contributions could aim to address the following research questions:

1) How do TL properties influence the acquisition of morpho-syntactic and semantic phenomena in L2 children cross-linguistically?
2) Do internal (e.g. syntax-semantics) and external (e.g. syntax-discourse) interface conditions have different effects on language development?
3) How does L1 transfer interact with TL properties in child L2 acquisition and with external factors such as LoE, AoO and quality of input?
4) Do cross-linguistic differences in TL properties influence production, on-line and/or off-line comprehension of morpho-syntax and semantics in L2 children differentially?

If you are interested in contributing to the issue, please send us (Vicky Chondrogianni: v.chondrogianni@bangor.ac.uk, Leonie Cornips: leonie.cornips@meertens.knaw.nl, Nada Vasić: nadavasic@gmail.com) a 500-word abstract stating the research questions, methodology, results, implications for the field of L2 acquisition. Abstracts should include the title of the submission as well as the authors' names and affiliations.

Please note that this is a competitive call and that the thematic issue cannot comprise more than six papers. Paper selection will follow a peer-review process, and therefore, eventual publication is not guaranteed for all manuscript submissions.

The deadline for abstract submissions is October 15, 2012. Other relevant deadlines are listed below:

November 9, 2012: Contributors notified by editors
May 31, 2013: Submission of first drafts/ papers sent out to reviewers
July 14, 2013: All first round reviews in / final decision on papers to be included in the special issue reached by editors / selected papers for second round of reviews, if necessary
September 14, 2013: Submission of second drafts
September 27, 2013: Second round of reviews in
October 10, 2013: Guest editors' final decision and evaluation
January 24, 2014: Introduction due from Guest Editors
February 21, 2014: Final form-corrected copy reviewed by authors
March 28, 2014: Submission to Sage publications
April-June 2014: Proofs sent to authors and IJB staff

We look forward to receiving your contributions!

Vicky Chondrogianni, Leonie Cornips & Nada Vasić


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