International Workshop: Bilingualism vs. monolingualism: a new perspective on limitations to L2 acquisition

Publié le 20 juillet 2016 Mis à jour le 23 août 2017
du 19 juin 2017 au 20 juin 2017

Among the most controversial issues in research on bilingualism is the question whether (late) L2 acquisition is qualitatively different from first language acquisition. In this context, it is important to disentangle age effects from bilingualism effects (Kupisch, 2012, Hopp & Schmid, 2013; Schmid & Köpke, forthc.), since studies investigating crosslinguistic influence in bilingual speakers suggest that bilinguals process their L2s and their L1(s) differently from monolinguals irrespective of the age of onset of bilingualism. To advance our understanding of bilingual acquisition and processing, comparisons of bilingual language acquisition and processing across different groups of bilingual learners (2L1, early and late L2) as well as L1 attriters are called for. This workshop aims to bring together new and complementary comparative perspectives on (2)L1 and L2 acquisition, bilingual language processing and attrition.   

Keynote speakers:
  • Professor Arturo E. Hernandez (University of Houston) more
  • Professor Jürgen Meisel (Universität Hamburg/University of Calgary) more

The present workshop is part of an ESRC-funded Seminar Series on Language Attrition. However, the focus of the workshop is not restricted to language attrition. Rather, we would like to invite submissions from a large range of topics related to the issue of differences between monolinguals and bilinguals and the dynamics of the linguistic competence in bilingual development and language use. Submissions based on models from a variety of theoretical backgrounds are explicitly called for. Hence, topics of the conference will include but not be limited to:
  • comparisons of language processing in the different languages of bi- or multilingual speakers, attriters and L2 learners
  • comparisons of language processing in monolingual and bi- or multilingual speakers, attriters and L2 learners
  • studies on crosslinguistic influence between languages in bi- and multilingual speakers, attriters and L2 learners
  • neuroimaging and neurocognitive studies of language processing in bi- and multilinguals
  • studies on very advanced stages of L2 acquisition
  • studies on L1 attrition at different stages
  • comparisons of methodology across populations

Important dates:

Abstract submission: until 30/11/2016
Notification of acceptance: 31/01/2017
Early bird registration: 01/03-30/04/2017
Conference: June 19-20 2017

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Scientific coordinators: Barbara Köpke (Octogone-Lordat, Université de Toulouse, UT2J), Holger Hopp (Technische Universität Braunschweig), Tanja Kupisch (Universität Konstanz)

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Partenaires :
- Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, GB)
- Conseil scientifique UT2
- Région Occitanie
- Interdisciplinary Research Unit Octogone-Lordat
- Département des Sciences du Langage UT2
- Département d'Etudes de Français pour Etrangers UT2
- Toulouse Mind and Brain Institut (TMBI)
- ESOF 2018