LINGUIST List 30.4358

Sat Nov 16 2019

Confs: Psycholinguistics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 11-Nov-2019
From: Kristin Kersten <>
Subject: External and Internal Variables Affecting (Language) Learning Processes
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External and Internal Variables Affecting (Language) Learning Processes

Date: 17-Jan-2020 - 17-Jan-2020
Location: Hildesheim University, Germany
Contact: Kristin Kersten
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics

Meeting Description:

Human cognitive and linguistic development are intrinsically intertwined and take place within a nested structure of contextual levels: the level of the individual’s engagement with the social world, the level of social and institutional environments, the society, and the broader cultural context which affects the normative belief systems and linguistic conventions of the social groups at large (comp., e.g., Lerner 2013, Douglas Fir Group 2016, Truscott & Sharwood Smith 2019). All of these factors are considered crucial in understanding the processes which shape human development in general. They have also been described as strong predictors for second language acquisition. This interdisciplinary symposium focuses on the interplay of these factors from linguistic, psychological, and sociological perspectives.


The interplay of cognitive, linguistic and instructional factors in early language acquisition
Kristin Kersten (Hildesheim University)

Becoming bilingual in Miami, USA: Predictors and outcomes of English acquisition for young dual language learners and children from immigrant families
Adam Winsler (George Mason University, VA)

Immigrant achievement gaps across countries - The role of family background and education systems
Janna Teltemann (Hildesheim University)

How far are we in understanding the influential variables in the bilingual advantage debate?
Julia Festman (Pedagogical University Tyrol, Innsbruck)

The dynamic interaction of external and internal variables in shaping learners' classroom emotions
Jean-Marc Dewaele (University of London)

How and when does language background affect second language acquisition?
Thorsten Piske, Anja Steinlen (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

Final Discussion
Discussants: Andreas Rohde (University of Cologne), Werner Greve (Hildesheim University)

18:30: Conference Dinner

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