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Tue Sep 03 2013

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

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Date: 03-Sep-2013
From: Louisa Vahtrick <>
Subject: Multilingualism: The Key Debates
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Multilingualism: The Key Debates

Date: 12-Sep-2013 - 13-Sep-2013 Location: Leeuwarden, Netherlands Contact: Nanna H Hilton Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

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

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

Conference Programme:

Timetable subject to change. All conference speakers will be notified of changes in advance

Timetable Paper Presentations:

Thursday, 12 September 2013:

08.30am – 10.00am
Registration of conference participants

10.00am – 10.30am
Opening address

10.30am – 12.00pm
Paper presentations

12.00pm - 01.30pm
Lunch break

01.30pm - 03.30pm
Paper presentations

03.30pm – 04.00pm
Tea break

04.00pm – 05.00pm
Key Debate ‘Language and Thought’: Geoff Pullum vs. Guillaume Thierry

05.00pm – 06.00pm
Key Debate ‘Language Innateness’: Dan Everett vs. Ian Roberts

06.00pm – 07.00pm
Dinner break

07.00pm – 11.00am
Festival programme:

Friday, 13 September 2013:

09.00am – 10.30am
Paper presentations

10.30 – 11.00am
Coffee break

11.00am – 12.30pm
Paper presentations

12.30pm – 02.00pm
Lunch break

02.00pm – 04.00pm
Paper presentations

04.00pm – 04.30pm
Tea break

04.30pm – 05.30pm
Key Debate ‘Language Shift’: Tove Skutnabb-Kangas vs. Sue Wright

05.30pm – 06.30pm
Key Debate ‘Language planning’: Robert Phillipson vs. Abram de Swaan

06.30pm – 07.00pm

07.00pm - 08.30pm

For information on speakers, please see the conference website:

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