LINGUIST List 27.2181

Thu May 12 2016

Calls: Lang Acq/Norway

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 12-May-2016
From: Jorge González Alonso <>
Subject: Workshop on Heritage Language Acquisition
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Full Title: Workshop on Heritage Language Acquisition

Date: 19-Sep-2016 - 20-Sep-2016
Location: Tromsø, Norway
Contact Person: Jorge González Alonso
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 01-Jun-2016

Meeting Description:

The LAVA research group (Language Acquisition, Variation and Attrition) at UiT the Arctic University of Norway is pleased to announce the workshop ''Heritage Language Acquisition: Breaking New Ground in Methodology and Domains of Inquiry'', to be held in Tromsø September 19-20, 2016. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together researchers from around the world who work on heritage language (HL) acquisition and processing from any theoretical linguistic perspective. All work pertaining to HL development in childhood, the documentation and explanation of HL ultimate attainment in adulthood and HL processing at any age is welcome.

Keynote speakers:

- Professor Maria Polinsky (University of Maryland)
- Professor Monika Schmid (University of Essex)
- Professor Janne Bondi Johannessen (MultiLing, University of Oslo)
- Dr. Álvaro Villegas (University of Central Florida)
- Associate professor Mike Putnam (Penn State University)

Registration link (deadline September 1): Coming soon
Abstract details: See call

2nd Call for Papers:

Deadline for submission: 1 June 2016
Notification: 17 June 2016

Workshop website:

Abstract submission link:

Given that the leitmotifs of the workshop are innovations in (i) methodology and (ii) domains of inquiry, we are especially interested in submissions that employ or discuss:

- Cross-sectional and/or longitudinal methodology seeking to chart HL developmental trajectories over time.
- Behavioral and/or neurolinguistic studies of heritage language processing.
- Methodological issues in heritage language research; e.g. what is and is not appropriate for empirical methodologies with (subgroups of) heritage speakers and why.
- The role that L1 attrition plays in heritage language outcomes--whether this be grammatical changes in individual heritage speaker grammars over time or links to changes to input heritage speakers hear as a result of L1 attrition in the generation of speakers who provide their input.
- The understudied domains of HL phonological development and ultimate attainment.
- The role that variation in input--quantity, quality, variety--plays and how this can be modelled and documented.
- Foreign language acquisition by heritage speakers.
- The role that literacy and formal instruction plays--whether in(re)-learning of the standard variety of the heritage language via formal instruction in adulthood or early access to HL literacy/formal education in childhood.

We seek high quality paper and poster presentations that contribute to the larger issues mentioned in the conference announcement, but also contributions that examine specific empirical questions in heritage language processing and/or heritage language acquisition from a cognitive perspective. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2016. You may submit an abstract through the link above for consideration as a paper, poster or both; please indicate your preference in your submission. Abstract submissions must fit on one A4 page, written in Times New Roman script, 12 point font. A second, optional page can be used for references, charts/tables of data and for examples of experimental methodology only. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed. We endeavour to inform authors of the outcome of peer review by June 17. A limited number of travel grants will be provided to the highest rated PhD and Masters student abstracts. Please indicate through the abstract submission system if you are eligible and would like to be considered for a graduate student travel bursary.

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