LINGUIST List 29.3011

Wed Jul 25 2018

Calls: Applied Ling, Gen Ling, Lang Acquisition, Psycholing, Socioling/Australia

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Date: 25-Jul-2018
From: Kleanthes K. Grohmann <>
Subject: Multifaceted Multilingualism: Language, Cognition, and Communication
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Full Title: Multifaceted Multilingualism: Language, Cognition, and Communication

Date: 10-Dec-2018 - 12-Dec-2018
Location: Adelaide (South Australia), Australia
Contact Person: Kleanthes K. Grohmann
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2018

Meeting Description:

Multifaceted Multilingualism: Language, Cognition, and Communication

Multilingualism comes in many forms and situations, and linguistically relevant studies may be conducted on many different topics: individual and societal multilingualism, multiple languages brought to or taught in school, and so on. In addition, multilingualism has been argued to benefit cognition (the so-called ‘bilingual advantage’). Understanding the growing multilingual and multicultural world requires interdisciplinary approaches to the study of multilingualism.

This workshop focuses on multilingualism through a multifaceted approach to research on language, cognition, and communication. Apart from the theoretical linguist’s bread and butter (grammatical description, language-specific analyses, and modelling of multilingualism), different fields of study and research interests will be represented through the work of the four invited speakers:

- Development: Multilingualism is relevant for first language acquisition (L1, also bi- or multilingual) and learning of additional languages (L2), especially in the context of child bilingualism or heritage languages; experimental research is typically carried in psycholinguistic studies pursuing theoretically guided questions.
- Education: Multilingualism gains importance in many areas of education, whether catering for heritage speakers, multilingual students, or teaching additional languages throughout the school curriculum; from a multilingual perspective, this requires careful planning of different school curricula and education policies.
- Society: Multilingualism is an important aspect of most modern societies in a globalized world, complementing issues in development and education but also beyond (integration of migrants, provisions of services, policy-making, and so on); beyond qualitative studies, quantitative research in sociolinguistics gains importance.
- Pathology: Multilingualism has already become a serious issue (even if completely ignored by policy-makers in most countries) for accurately and positively identifying different types of language-related pathologies as well as for treating them successfully; this concerns speech–language–communication difficulties and developmental impairments, but also attrition, breakdown, and other language situations.

This workshop calls on theoretical, applied, and experimental (psycho)linguists, speech–language pathologists, neurobiologists of language, cognitive and developmental psychologists, educationalists, and other researchers to contribute to the rising challenge of multilingualism for nation states, policy-making, cultural heritage, speech communities, and individual speakers through the lifetime: from infants and children to adolescents and adults, including aging populations.

We are interested in novel strategies for multilingual populations in any of these areas, new datasets, and more. Research can stem from the perspective of a single language in a multicultural/multilingual setting or from multilingual individuals and speaker groups; we are particularly interested in minority/migrant languages, dialects/vernacular varieties, and other, typically understudied aspects of language. Likewise, the research to be reported can be drawn from small/large population-based or single case studies. There is also a broad spectrum for take-home messages, ranging from new theoretical analyses or approaches to assess multilingual speakers all the way to recommendations for policy-makers, to mention just a few.

Call for Papers:

We solicit abstracts for 30-minute oral presentations at the one-day workshop *Multifaceted Multilingualism: Language, Cognition, and Communication*, which is part of the 2018 Australian Linguistic Society Annual Conference (

In line with our invited speakers, the above general description includes the keywords:
theory; development; education; society; pathology (in the context of multilingualism)

We are happy to announce confirmation of the following invited speakers:

Iain Giblin, Macquarie University (Sydney)
Maria Kambanaros, Cyprus University of Technology (Limassol)
Peter Mickan, University of Adelaide (Adelaide)
James A. Walker, La Trobe University (Melbourne)

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words but may in addition include data, diagrams, and references. They should be sent by email as a PDF attachment directly to the organizer:

Acceptance decisions will be made by the end of October in order to allow participants to make travel arrangements in time. A workshop homepage will be added soon. In the meantime, please use the general conference information from the ALS to find out more about the venue and all other information.

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