LINGUIST List 26.3678

Tue Aug 18 2015

Confs: Applied Linguistics, Language Acquisition/USA

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Date: 18-Aug-2015
From: Valentyna Filimonova <>
Subject: Symposium on Interlocutor Individual Differences
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Symposium on Interlocutor Individual Differences

Date: 01-Oct-2015 - 02-Oct-2015
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
Contact: Laura Gurzynski-Weiss
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Meeting Description:

The AILA ReN on Interlocutor & Instructor Individual Differences ( will host a Symposium on the Interlocutor October 1-2 at Indiana University.

This inaugural symposium will bring together leading and junior scholars from various second language acquisition frameworks to facilitate discussion of the theoretical role(s) of the interlocutor within their approach; consider how the individual differences of the interlocutor in each perspective may influence second/foreign language (L2) opportunities; present original, robust, peer-reviewed empirical research on interlocutor individual differences from each theoretical approach; and collaborate and outline existing trends and future areas for research. Our use of the term interlocutor refers to the input provider and communicative partner for learners in formal and informal L2 settings, and individual differences refer to characteristics that we all have, and differ by degree, such as native language, gender, research focus, and training, among others.

Invited Speakers Include:

- Kimberly L. Geeslin, Indiana University: Variationist perspective
- James Lantolf, The Pennsylvania State University: Sociocultural perspective
- Diane Larsen-Freeman, University of Michigan: Complexity theory perspective
- Jenefer Philp, Lancaster University: Cognitive-interactionist perspective
- Luke Plonsky, Northern Arizona University: Methodological perspective


Panel 1: Cognitive-interactionist perspective
Invited theoretical overview: Jenefer Philp, Lancaster University

Empirical Papers:
''The effect of proficiency, gender and learning style on the occurrence of negotiated interaction in communicative task performance''
Anna Mystkowska-Wiertelak & Mirosław Pawlak
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland

''Noticing feedback in L2 Spanish interaction: The effect of the NS/NNS interlocutor''
Travis Sago, Carly Henderson, & Laura Merino, Indiana University

Panel 2: Sociocultural perspective
Invited theoretical overview: James Lantolf, Penn State University

Empirical Papers:

''The construction of individual differences among native and heritage speakers of Spanish: Epistemics and expertise''
Michele Back, University of Connecticut, Storrs

''Examining sociocultural determinants of second language proficiency using structural equation modeling''
Sun-Young Shin & Jaesu Choi, Indiana University

Panel 3: Variationist perspective
Invited theoretical overview: Kimberly L. Geeslin, Indiana University

Empirical Papers:

''Examining the role of instructor first language in classroom-based oral input''
Avizia Yim Long, Kimberly L. Geeslin, & Laura Gurzynski-Weiss, Indiana University

''Interlocutor L1 effects on L2 sociolinguistic competence: A variationist analysis of L2 French ne-deletion''
Mark Black, Indiana University /Université de Pau et des Pays de LÁdour, France

Panel 4: Complexity theory
Invited theoretical overview: Diane Larsen-Freeman, University of Michigan

Empirical Papers:

''Applying a dynamic systems lens to interpreting the interaction between cognitive and (psycho)social resources in adult second language learners''
Ellen J. Serafini, George Mason University

''The dynamic nature of willingness to communicate: Exploring the impact of interlocutor variables''
Mirosław Pawlak & Anna Mystkowska-Wiertelak, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland

Interlocutor individual differences: Methodological perspective
Laura Gurzynski-Weiss, Indiana University & Luke Plonsky, Northern Arizona University

Panel 5: Symposium Discussion
All invited speakers discuss themes throughout the conference; future directions and methodological considerations; open discussion

Details regarding proposal submission, the organizing AILA ReN, and tentative outline of the conference schedule can be found on

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