LINGUIST List 26.2947

Thu Jun 18 2015

Calls: Applied Linguistics, Language Acquisition/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Erin Arnold <>

Date: 18-Jun-2015
From: Karin Madlener <>
Subject: Constructionist Approaches to Language Pedagogy 2
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Full Title: Constructionist Approaches to Language Pedagogy 2
Short Title: CALP 2

Date: 10-Jun-2016 - 11-Jun-2016
Location: Basel, Switzerland
Contact Person: Karin Madlener
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 30-Aug-2015

Meeting Description:

The second international conference on Constructionist Approaches to Language Pedagogy (CALP 2) will take place at the University of Basel, Switzerland, on June, 10 and 11, 2016.

After the successful event of CALP 1 at the University of Brussels in November 2013, this second conference will specifically focus on usage-based foundations of L2 pedagogy, that is, on the intersections of usage-based (second) language acquisition research and constructionist approaches to (second) language learning, teaching, and assessment.

The conference themes will include theoretical and empirical perspectives on (1) input and interaction, (2) implicit and explicit (second) language learning and teaching, and (3) individual differences (in the domains of aptitude, motivation, or cognition), as well as implications for (second) language assessment.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Lourdes Ortega, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Ewa Dabrowska, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne


Karin Madlener & Heike Behrens, University of Basel
Catherine Diederich, Florent Pérek & Julia Vögelin, University of Basel
Alexander Ziem, University of Düsseldorf

Call for Papers:

We invite theoretical, methodological, empirical, and pedagogical contributions dealing with

1. Usage-based/constructionist approaches to (second) language learning and teaching, with a special focus on
- Learning processes, such as entrenchment, categorization, schematization, and generalization
- Item-specific vs. item-general constructional knowledge and the lexicon-grammar continuum
- Input/intake, input distributions, input processing, and input enhancement
- Interaction, negotiation, elaboration, output, and feedback
- (Selective) attention, noticing, and interfaces between implicit/incidental and explicit/intentional (second) language learning and teaching, including age effects
- Individual differences in the domains of affect/motivation, aptitude/cognition (e.g., working memory, pattern recognition ability), and learned attention/conceptualization

2. Usage-based/constructionist approaches to (second) language assessment, primarily with regards to
- Varying degrees of productivity and the distinction between item-specific and item-general knowledge/patterns
- Information packaging, degrees of explicitness, and pragmatic adequacy
- The elicitation of contextualized, meaningful language use
- The use and significance of structural priming and scaffolding in language testing

Submission Guidelines:

We invite submissions for individual paper presentations (30 minute slots including 10 minutes for discussion).

Abstracts can be submitted through ConfTool (see starting June 30, 2015. The workshop language is English for both abstracts and talks.

Authors should submit abstracts of up to 500 words (excluding references). References should be formatted according to the APA guidelines.

All submissions will be subject to double-blind peer review (program committee members are listed at

Please note that you may submit only one abstract as single/main author and figure on one more abstract as a co-author.

Deadline for submission is August 30, 2015.

Conference website:

Conference Fees:

Early bird (December 1, 2015 - March 1, 2016): 175 CHF
Regular (March 2, 2016 - May 30, 2016): 200 CHF
Student (incl. PhD candidates): 80 CHF

Important Dates:

Start of abstract submission: June 30, 2015
Deadline for abstract submission: August 30, 2015
Notifications of acceptance: November 15, 2015
Preliminary program: December 1, 2015
Start of conference registration: December 1, 2015
End of early bird registration: March 1, 2016
End of registration: May 30, 2016
Conference: June 10-11, 2016

Page Updated: 18-Jun-2015