Multilingualism: The Key Debates
Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
12-14 September 2013
The conference Multilingualism: The Key Debates is organised from 12 to 14 September 2013 by the University Campus Fryslân (UCF) to celebrate the launch of the new MA in Multilingualism in cooperation with the University of Groningen and the NHL Leeuwarden.
The conference will consist of a general scientific programme and series of debates on multilingualism. The four key questions that will be addressed in the debate are:
- Is language an innate property of humans, or is it something acquired?
- Does learning a new language change the way we think?
- Is it possible to reverse the trend when a speaker group has started to language shift?
- Should language planning and policy protect linguistic diversity or promote linguistic homogeneity?
Some of the confirmed debaters include Daniel L. Everett, Robert Phillipson, Geoffrey K. Pullum, Ian Roberts, Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Abram de Swaan, and Guillaume Thierry.
Call for papers
For the scientific part of the conference, proposals for 20-minute presentations (plus 10 minutes for discussion) are invited on topics such as the following:
- Multilingual language development
- Second language learning
- Generative approaches to second language acquisition
- Language contact and change in multilingual communities
- Language contact and change in bidialectal communities
- Multilingual speech processing
- Neurological foundations of multilingualism
- Receptive multilingualism
- Language attrition
- Language shift and loss
- Multilingual education
- Language planning and policy making
- Generative approaches to multilingualism
Abstracts (400 words max.) should be uploaded using the Linguist List EasyAbs utility by 1 May 2013. Notification of acceptance will be given by 20 May 2013.
Additional information can be found at the conference website. General queries can be addressed to multiling2013 [at] UCF [dot] nl.
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