LINGUIST List 32.2180

Fri Jun 25 2021

FYI: Open Lecture Fri July 9, 2021 (3pm BST) - Professor Lydia White: Linguistic Competence and How to Access It

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Date: 25-Jun-2021
From: Amy Wallington <>
Subject: Open Lecture Fri July 9, 2021 (3pm BST) - Professor Lydia White: Linguistic Competence and How to Access It
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Organised by the Centre for Research and Enterprise in Language (CREL), University of Greenwich (UK) and the Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR), University of Southampton (UK) with the collaboration of the Center for Language Science (CLS) from Pennsylvania State University (USA):

On behalf of the organisers of the International Summer School on Multilingualism, co-organised by the above institutions, we are excited to announce that the final day of the summer school will feature a free open lecture with Professor Lydia White (James McGill Professor Emeritus of Linguistics), who will give a talk entitled:

Linguistic competence and how to measure it

Date: Friday 9th July
Time: 3pm BST
Location: Online (Microsoft Teams) - sign up via Eventbrite below

A distinction between competence and performance (or, more recently, representation and processing) has been adopted, implicitly or explicitly, in many different domains of language acquisition, particularly in research coming from the generative linguistic perspective. At the same time, there are researchers who do not believe in such a distinction. In this talk, I will consider what is meant by linguistic competence and argue for the continuing usefulness of such a concept, as well as discussing different methodologies that are used to assess it.

About the speaker:
Professor Lydia White is a linguist and educator in the area of second language acquisition (SLA). She is James McGill Professor Emeritus of Linguistics. Lydia received her BA in Moral Sciences and Psychology from Cambridge University in 1969 and PhD in linguistics from McGill University in 1980. In 2010 she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in the Academy of Arts and Humanities. In 2012, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the journals Language Acquisition, Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, and Second Language Research.

This lecture is open to all free of charge, and will take place online via Microsoft Teams. In order to attend, please sign up via the Eventbrite link:

A link to access the lecture will then be emailed to you.

Hope to see many of you on the 9th for what is looking to be a fantastic talk!

Kind regards,

Organisers of the International Summer School on Multilingualism
More information on the summer school here:

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

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