LINGUIST List 32.80

Thu Jan 07 2021

Calls: Cog Sci, Lang Acq, Neuroling, Psycholing, Socioling/Poland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 22-Dec-2020
From: Michał B. Paradowski <>
Subject: Synergies & confrontations: Socio- and psycholinguistic, cognitive and neuroscientific approaches to bilingualism
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Full Title: Synergies & confrontations: Socio- and psycholinguistic, cognitive and neuroscientific approaches to bilingualism

Date: 09-Jul-2021 - 14-Jul-2021
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Contact Person: Michał B. Paradowski
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2021

Meeting Description:

The theme of the ISB2021 “Bilingualism in Flux” can be interpreted as applying not only to our understanding and definitions of bilingualism per se but also to bilingualism research itself. One of the most fascinating aspects of this flux is the changing relation between different scientific disciplines contributing to bilingualism research. Around 1960, Wallace Lambert in Montréal pursued at the same time sociolinguistic and cognitive questions, exploring on one hand motivation and identity in language learning, on the other potential cognitive effects of bilingualism. The influence of static and deterministic modular models in the late 20th century was less conducive to an interdisciplinary dialogue. In a vision of language as autonomous and “informationally encapsulated”, sociolinguistic factors or individual differences were unlikely to be perceived as relevant. This changed gradually but profoundly around the turn of the century, as static modules gave way to dynamic networks, emphasising adaptation, functional reorganisation and lifelong neuroplasticity. Cognitive science and neuroscience extended its understanding of language and bilingualism to encompass not only genes and early exposure but also lifelong dynamic patterns of language use, influenced by the linguistic environment, social conventions and individual identities and preferences.
Modern bi- and multilingualism research, emphasising the importance of “bilingual experience” across the lifespan, brings together cognitive science, neuroscience and psycholinguistics with applied linguistics and sociolinguistics. An encounter of disciplines with different traditions, terminologies, methodologies and theoretical models can unearth unexpected synergies and insights, but also produce misunderstandings and controversies. Our thematic section will explore how the evolution of concepts (from “cognitive reserve” and “neuroplasticity” to “translanguaging” and “dense code switching”), methods (from neuropsychological single case studies to neuroimaging and quantification of language switching) and models (from “inhibitory control” to “adaptive control hypothesis”) impacts and meaningfully contributes to the dialogue between the different disciplines involved in bilingualism research.

This thematic section will bring together researchers who have contributed significantly to the development of the field, not only in terms of empirical data but also definition and delineation of central concepts and formation of theories. An introduction by Thomas H. Bak (University of Edinburgh), summarising the milestones in the history of ideas in this field, will be followed by contributions from Judith F. Kroll (University of California, Irvine), Marco Calabria (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona) and Li Wei (UCL, London), with the different strands integrated in a subsequent discussion led by Michał B. Paradowski (University of Warsaw).

Call for Papers:

Proposals can be submitted until 15 January 2021 via, selecting thematic session 24 “Synergies & confrontations: socio- and psycholinguistic, cognitive and neuroscientific approaches to bilingualism”. Papers are formal presentations on original research or original pedagogy-focused topics by one or more authors, lasting a total of 20 minutes with 5 additional minutes for discussion. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words in length.

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