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2016 Workshop: The role of interaction in language development and loss throughout the lifespan
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2016 Workshop: The role of interaction in language development and loss throughout the lifespan Centre for Research in Language Development throughout the Lifespan (LaDeLi) University of Essex, 26 April 2016

4/26/2016
When: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Where: United States

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2016 Workshop: The role of interaction in language development and loss throughout the lifespan
Centre for Research in Language Development throughout the Lifespan (LaDeLi)
University of Essex, 26 April 2016

Social interaction is an intrinsic aspect of what makes us human, and language, both first (L1) and additional (L2) languages, is learned amidst communication exchanges where linguistic evidence is made available. The study and examination of the linguistic environment in general and the role of interaction as a component of that environment, in particular, have been a matter of great interest, controversy and debate for decades. However, the precise role, nature, contribution and relationship between interaction and language learning, development and loss remain elusive.

This innovative workshop aims to provide a unique opportunity for participants and leading experts from diverse theoretical perspectives to discuss a range of key issues relating to the role of interaction in language development and loss throughout the lifespan.

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Prof. Annick De Houwer (University of Erfurt) Early language development

Prof. Rosamond Mitchell (University of Southampton) Second language learning and teaching

Prof. Alison Wray (Cardiff University) Language loss, aging and impairment

FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS:

We welcome submissions on any aspect of the topic but we would be particularly interested in PAPERS and POSTERS addressing one or more of the following:

Early language development:

  • Perceptual/attentional, social, emotional and linguistic aspects of interaction in language acquisition
  • Impact of caretaker’s interaction and speech quality on infants’ language acquisition
  • Interactional characteristics and infant motivation to develop attachment and social affiliation
  • Cross-cultural versus local commonalities of interaction and its role in L1 development
  • The role of nursery rhymes in parent-child interaction

Second language learning and teaching:

  • Relationships between interaction, communication and L2 learning
  • Interactional mechanisms mediating relationships between communication and L2 development (e.g., noticing, attention, negotiation of meaning, feedback, scaffolding, collaboration, joint problem-solving, imitation, gesture, songs and stories; inner and private speech)
  • Semantic versus syntactic language processing during interaction
  • Tutor-student (expert-novice) interaction in instructed L2 contexts

Language loss, aging and impairment:

  • Communication disorders and aging
  • Impact of language impairment or loss on interaction
  • Interactional characteristics of heritage language users
  • Determining declining rate of language skills such as comprehension, production, naming, vocabulary, and grammatical judgement, and their relative impact on interaction
  • Languaging as a mediational mechanism to restore aspects of linguistic ability and interaction in aging populations

Abstract Submission Information

Slots of 20 minutes for a paper presentation plus 10 minutes for questions.

Submissions should include the following:

  1. Title
  2. Type of presentation:  paper / poster
  3. The (first) author's postal and e-mail address
  4. Names and affiliations of any other authors
  5. Short abstract of no more than 300 words

EMAIL abstracts to ladeli@essex.ac.uk

The preliminary programme is now available on the LaDeLi website http://www.essex.ac.uk/langling/research/ladeli/

Proposals will be evaluated by a team of reviewers according to the following

  • Appropriateness and significance of the topic
  • Clarity of organisation and presentation
  • If an empirical study, soundness of research design, stated questions, data sources and data collection procedures, as well as analytic approach
  • In the case of theoretical papers, theoretical/conceptual framework, relevance of topic into current thinking and strength of contribution to the field

Key dates:

  • Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 15 Feb 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: 29 Feb 2016
  • Workshop: 26 April 2016

Cost

The fee includes: registration, teas/coffees, and lunch.

  • Full fee - £30
  • Student fee - £15

Please note that the fee does not include accommodation.

This workshop is part-funded by LaDeLi, University of Essex and by the European Second Language Association (EuroSLA)

 

ALSO NOTICE:

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES – PUBLIC LECTURE

“The earlier, the better? A real life perspective on early bilingual development and its implications for later language learning”

Monday 25 April 2016 5-6pm

Followed by a wine reception from 6-7pm

Free event, but email ladeli@essex.ac.uk to book a place.

Professor Annick De Houwer, University of Erfurt

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