LINGUIST List 25.2179

Sat May 17 2014

Calls: Language Acquisition/Portugal

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 16-May-2014
From: João Costa <>
Subject: Going Romance Workshop #3: Crosslinguistic Microvariation in Language Acquisition
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Full Title: Going Romance Workshop #3: Crosslinguistic Microvariation in Language Acquisition

Date: 06-Dec-2014 - 06-Dec-2014
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Contact Person: João Costa
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 21-Jul-2014

Meeting Description:

Workshop #3: Crosslinguistic microvariation in language acquisition
Organized by João Costa, Alexandra Fiéis and Maria Lobo (Project “Crosspopulation and Crosslinguistic Approaches to Dependencies)

The literature on language acquisition from the last two decades has shown that children set parameters very early and are sensitive to crosslinguistic differences from very early on. The evidence mostly focuses on major syntactic differences, such as the availability of null subjects, V-to-I, I-to-C or directionality. The acquisition of microvariation, however, has not been studied. It remains to be shown whether children are sensitive to minor crosslinguistic differences, and whether such differences are acquired as early as major parametric contrasts.

Call for Papers:

Submission Details:

Abstracts are invited for 25 minute presentations plus 10 minutes for discussion.

Abstracts should be anonymous, written in English, and no longer than two pages, including references and examples, with margins of at least 1 inch (2.5 cm), in 12-point Times New Roman, single spaced.

The anonymous abstracts should be sent as e-mail attachments both in PDF and Word format. Join separately a Word file containing: title, author’s name and address, affiliation and email address. Also indicate if an abstract submitted for the main session could as well be considered for one of the workshops or vice-versa.

Authors may submit two abstracts if one of them is for the main session and the other for one of the workshops. Otherwise, submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author.

Abstract submissions to the workshop #3 (Crosslinguistic microvariation in language acquisition) should be sent to

Important Dates:

July 21, 2014: Abstract submission deadline
September 20, 2014: Notification of acceptance
December 4-6, 2014: Conference and workshops

Local Organizing Committee:

João Costa
Ana Maria Martins
Maria Lobo
Ernestina Carrilho
Alexandra Fiéis
Sandra Pereira

Page Updated: 17-May-2014