LINGUIST List 25.4932

Fri Dec 05 2014

Calls: Lang Acquisition, Neuroling, Psycholing, Applied Ling/Italy

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Date: 03-Dec-2014
From: Elisa Di Domenico <>
Subject: More Than One Language in the Brain: Acquisition and Coexistenc
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Full Title: More Than One Language in the Brain: Acquisition and Coexistence
Short Title: MorLang2015

Date: 25-Feb-2015 - 25-Feb-2015
Location: Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Italy
Contact Person: Elisa Di Domenico
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 10-Dec-2014

Meeting Description:

More than one language in the brain: acquisition and coexistence
Università per Stranieri di Perugia
February 25, 2015
Workshop organized by: Lidia Costamagna, Elisa Di Domenico, Simona Matteini

Invited Speakers:

Adriana Belletti Università di Siena/ Université de Genève
Cornelia Hamann Carl von Ossiezky Universität Oldenburg


Work in generative grammar has highlighted that human beings are endowed with a peculiar faculty to acquire a language, grounded in a basic principle (Chomsky 2013). Multilingualism is however a characteristic feature of humans (Paradis 2010 a.o), and when more than one language is at stake in the same individual, the following has been observed:

- While one always reaches a complete attainment in one language, this does not always happen for languages beyond the first (incomplete ultimate attainment)
- Features of a language may enter the grammar of another, steadily or optionally (transfer)

This workshop addresses the following questions:

- Can incomplete ultimate attainment be explained solely in terms of the age factor or L2 input?
- What's the role of principles of data analysis and efficient computation (Chomsky's 2005 'third factor') in determining incomplete ultimate attainment and transfer?
- What differentiates incomplete ultimate attainment in a language beyond the first with respect to incomplete attainment in non-typical language acquisition?
- Which mechanisms govern the transfer of features from a language to another? To what extent does transfer depend on the status of a language with respect to another or on the specific property transferred? Can a directionality be detected in either case?
- How are incomplete ultimate attainment and transfer to be characterized with respect to different linguistic sub-modules and interfaces?


Chomsky, N. (2005) Three factors in language design, Linguistic Inquiry, 36/1: 1-22.
Chomsky, N. (2013) Problems of projection, Lingua 130: 33 - 49
Paradis, J. (2010), The interface between bilingual development and specific language impairment, Applied Psycholinguistics, 31: 227- 252.

2nd Call for Papers:

The workshop will host oral presentations and a poster session. Talks will be 30 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion.

Submission Details:

Authors are invited to submit their abstract via easyabs to the following address:

Abstracts should not exceed two pages in length (12-point type, Times New Roman, single line spacing, 2.5cm /1 inch margins) including: Examples and tables (integrated in the text, rather than collected at the end of the abstract), optional references, title, three keywords/phrases that best describe the abstract content. Submissions must be anonymous and should not reveal the identity of the author(s) in any form, including the file name of the abstract: References to the author(s)' previous work should be made in the third person. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author or two joint abstracts per author. The same abstract cannot be submitted to the workshop and to IGG41.

Please indicate whether your abstract should be considered for presentation only, for poster only or for both.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: December 10, 2014
Notification of acceptance: No later than January 15, 2015.

Contacts and information: Elisa Di Domenico, Simona Matteini

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