LINGUIST List 28.1913

Mon Apr 24 2017

Summer Schools: Summer School 2017: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Multilingualism/Norway

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Date: 22-Apr-2017
From: Malene Boyum <>
Subject: Summer School 2017: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Multilingualism/Norway
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Host Institution: University of Oslo
Coordinating Institution: University of Oslo

Dates: 28-Aug-2017 - 01-Sep-2017
Location: Oslo, Norway

Focus: The course will examine a broad range of issues relating to human development and language use and learning that problematize a strict separation of cognitive and social aspects of human activity. Lecturers will be Steven L. Thorne and Nick C. Ellis.
Minimum Education Level: MA
Special Qualifications: The participants must be enrolled in a PhD program in linguistics or a related field of study.

Steven L. Thorne: Beyond Bounded Conceptions of Cognition and Context in Language Use and Development

Within applied linguistics as well as other disciplines, there is growing commitment to more holistic and ecologically oriented frameworks that recognize communicative practices as coordinated, embodied, relational, distributed, and arrayed across mutable patterns of activity that emerge at different time scales. Various theoretical and methodological-analytical approaches will be illustrated via presentation of empirical studies of L2 and plurilingual language use and learning. These include case studies of “learning in the wild” (in the sense of Hutchins, 1995), focusing primarily on L2 and plurilingual interaction in digital environments, and exploration of innovative pedagogical interventions, such as mobile place-based augmented reality, that emphasize the “rewilding” of instructed language learning, with an emphasis on research findings that highlight patterns of social organization and learning outcomes that these activities make possible.

Over four lectures, we will discuss frameworks and methodologies that include cultural-historical and ecological approaches to development, extended and embodied cognition, Usage-based Linguistics, ethnomethodology, corpus linguistic methodologies, and recent scholarship described as the Distributed Language Approach.

Nick C. Ellis: Usage-Based Approaches to Language Acquisition and Processing

Usage-based and emergentist theories of language acquisition investigate how abstract linguistic knowledge is learned from experience of language in social context. Accordingly, usage-based approaches consider (1) the psychology of learning and cognition, (2) corpus analyses of the usage from which learners induce their language, (3) child (L1) and second language (L2) analyses of how input and learner cognition together drive acquisition, (4) psycholinguistic analyses of these factors as they affect language processing.

Lecture 1: Implicit and Explicit Learning of Language
Lecture 2: Constructions in Usage and Acquisition
Lecture 3: Usage-based approaches to Language Processing
Lecture 4: Cognitive Approaches to SLA and Language Change

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                      Cognitive Science

Tuition: 0 USD
Registration: 22-Apr-2017 to 22-May-2017
Contact Person: Anne Golden

Apply on the web:

Registration Instructions:
Register by following the link from the course website. Contacts: Anne Golden ( Hana Gustafsson (

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