LINGUIST List 23.3134

Fri Jul 20 2012

Calls: Applied Ling, Lang Acq, Cog Sci, Psycholing, Socioling/Switzerland

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Date: 20-Jul-2012
From: Andrea Schalley <>
Subject: Workshop: Multilingualism and Literacy
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Full Title: Workshop: Multilingualism and Literacy
Date: 22-Jul-2013 - 27-Jul-2013 Location: Geneva, Switzerland Contact Person: Andrea Schalley
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2012

Meeting Description:

One of the visible aspects of globalisation and politico-economic upheavals in the third millennium is the increased mobility of populations, resulting in children growing up with, and adults being exposed to, a variety of languages. Ensuing are linguistic systems that display a range of proficiency levels across the four macroskills, namely listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Usually it is the reading and writing skills for one or all the languages spoken by multilinguals that lag behind - or in some cases are never developed. This workshop will explore the impact of multilingualism on literacy development of both children and adults. In particular, we will focus on whether, and if so how, literacy skills or the lack thereof in one language impact on the development of literacy in the other language(s) and on cognitive skills more generally.

Workshop Organisers:

Susana EisenchlasDiana GuilleminAndrea Schalley

The workshop is organised as part of the International Congress of Linguists to be held in Geneva July 22-27, 2013.

ICL website:

2nd Call for Papers:

Specific topics may include but are not limited to:

The acquisition of multiple literacies by multilinguals:

- Cognitive processes- Pathways and best practice- Challenges- Outcomes and implications

The cost of illiteracy in the home or heritage language, specifically in the following domains:

- Cognitive- Academic- Social- Economic- Identity formation, well-being, and health

Specific populations, e.g.:

- Emergent literacy in multilingual children- Literacy and emergent second language acquisition (i.e. in sequential multilingualism)- Literacy and multilingualism in children with interrupted schooling- Acquisition of literacy in the language of schooling or work in the absence of literacy in the home language

[Note: For the purposes of this workshop, multilingualism in particular comprises bilingualism.]


We invite abstracts of no more than 500 words for presentation at the workshop. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously. Please remove all author information from the abstract. Please send your abstract via email to s.eisenchlas(at) by 15 August 2012.

Presentations consist of a 20-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

Program Committee:

Viv Edwards, University of Reading, UKSusana Eisenchlas, Griffith University, AustraliaFred Genesee, McGill University, CanadaDiana Guillemin, Griffith University, AustraliaPaul Leseman, University of Utrecht, the NetherlandsDavid C.S. Li, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong KongRahat Naqvi, University of Calgary, CanadaLaura Ann Petitto, Gallaudet University, USAIngrid Piller, Macquarie University, AustraliaAndrea Schalley, Griffith University, Australia

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