LINGUIST List 23.2684

Mon Jun 11 2012

Calls: Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics/Germany

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Date: 11-Jun-2012
From: Flavia Adani <>
Subject: DGfS 2013 Workshop: Specific Conditions in Language Acquisition
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Full Title: DGfS 2013 Workshop: Specific Conditions in Language Acquisition
Date: 12-Mar-2013 - 15-Mar-2013 Location: Potsdam, Germany Contact Person: Flavia Adani
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2012

Meeting Description:

The investigation of early language acquisition and its development under specific conditions has proven to be a powerful tool to learn more about the system of different languages and their acquisition mechanisms. Several studies have addressed the question of how children acquire one or more languages under specific conditions, such as developmental disorders, sensory disabilities, or different ages of onset in L2-acquisition. This line of comparative research (cross-population and/or cross-linguistic) is able to uncover subtle aspects of the language acquisition process that only emerge under some specific conditions and it also helps in providing a finer-grained characterization of language disorders.

The papers in this workshop will focus on three topics: i) the comparison between different populations and different languages as a way to characterize the language acquisition process under specific conditions; ii) the distinction between 'typical' and 'atypical' language development and the discussion of different explanations for the latter (such as an impairment of the linguistic system or a performance deficit) and their potential interplay; and iii) the contribution of experimental data to inform the representation of grammar under specific conditions and vice versa.

The workshop gives an opportunity to address also methodological questions, e.g. the factors that need to be controlled when discussing different groups and the criteria of matching in order to draw meaningful comparisons (e.g. matching based on age, length of exposure, or linguistic abilities). Towards this end, the workshop aims to bring together recent studies that examine two or more groups acquiring one language under different specific conditions or cross-linguistic research on children acquiring different languages under the same specific condition, namely: children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI), children with hearing impairment, L2-learners with different ages of onset and children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The research will include the acquisition of different aspects of language, such as phonetics/phonology, inflectional morphology, and syntax.

Call for Papers:

Please send a one-page abstract (one anonymous version and one version with the authors' names and affiliations) by email to Flavia Adani (email: adani (at), Johannes Hennies (email: johannes (at) and Eva Wimmer (email: eva.wimmer (at) by August 15, 2012.

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