LINGUIST List 32.1562

Wed May 05 2021

Calls: Anthro Ling, Applied Ling, Lang Acq, Socioling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 05-May-2021
From: Cassie Smith-Christmas <>
Subject: Multilingual Children and their Imaginative Worlds
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Full Title: Multilingual Children and their Imaginative Worlds

Date: 11-Nov-2021 - 12-Nov-2021
Location: Online (Hosted by Multiling, University of Oslo), Norway
Contact Person: Cassie Smith-Christmas
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2021

Meeting Description:

This two-day symposium seeks to shed light on how bi/multilingual children’s imaginative worlds and their language use within them can help us understand their views on languages, multilingualism, as well as the concomitant implications, outcomes and consequences for languages, communities and societies. During the symposium, we will focus on how children’s imagination mediates their language use in such imaginative spaces as naturally occurring plays at home or playground leading to language shift or intentionally created ones to catalyze using a minority language, e.g. in language revitalization efforts.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
- Prof Amy Kyratzis, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Prof Asta Cekaite & Prof Polly Björk-Willén, Linköping University
- Prof Kay Tisdall, University of Edinburgh

Call for Papers:

We invite submissions to shed light on children’s interactions during various activities involving bi/multilingual children’s creative and imaginative worlds ranging from peer-peer, child-parent, and child-teacher interactions during plays, watching TV, story reading in both offline and online spaces. We particularly encourage submissions from under-studied contexts in Global South to illustrate how children combine their experiences and use them “to construct a new reality, one that conforms to [their] own needs and desires” (Vygotsky, 1967 p. 11).

All abstracts should be submitted using the following form:

There would be a possibility of having the papers published as a special issue. If interested, you will be asked to submit your full article by March 1, 2022. Please express your interest in the submission form.

Vygotsky, L. S. 2004 [1967]. “Imagination and Creativity in Childhood.” Journal of Russian and East European Psychology 42(1): 7–97. Translated into English from the Russian Text Voobrazhenie i tvorchestvo v detskom vozraste (Moscow:Prosveshchenie, 1967).

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