LINGUIST List 24.1229

Tue Mar 12 2013

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

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 12-Mar-2013
From: Nanna H Hilton <>
Subject: Multilingualism: The Key Debates
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Full Title: Multilingualism: The Key Debates
Date: 12-Sep-2013 - 13-Sep-2013 Location: Leeuwarden, Netherlands Contact Person: Nanna H Hilton
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-May-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 13 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

2nd Call for Papers:

For the general part of the conference researchers are invited to submit proposals for 20-minute presentations (plus 10 minutes for questions) relating to any aspect of research into multilingualism (or bilingualism). Topics may cover (but are not limited to)

- Multilingual language development
- Second language learning
- Generative approaches to second language acquisition
- Language contact and change in multilingual communities
- Language contact and change in bidialectal communities
- Multilingual speech processing
- Neurological foundations of multilingualism
- Receptive multilingualism
- Language attrition
- Language shift and loss
- Multilingual education
- Language planning and policy making
- Generative approaches to multilingualism

Abstracts should not exceed 400 words and can be uploaded at

For queries about the conference, please contact multiling2013 at UCF dot nl.

The scientific committee of Multilingualism - the Key Debates consists of:

Kees de Bot
Charlotte Gooskens
Petra Hendriks
Nanna Haug Hilton
Remco Knooihuizen
Goffe Jensma
Hanneke Loerts
Dennis Ott
Jeffrey Parrott
Alex Riemersma
Marjolijn Verspoor
Jan Wouter Zwart

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