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CCERBAL 2018 : translanguaging | University of Ottawa

CCERBAL 2018 : translanguaging | University of Ottawa | TELT | Scoop.it
Venue: Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL), Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), University of Ottawa.

Conference dates: May 3-4, 2018.

Deadline for proposals: December 15, 2017.

Featured events: Round tables and thematic symposia on Linguistic Risk-Taking, Bilingual and Multilingual Policies, and much more.

Conference theme: Translanguaging, a construct referring to the complex use of more than one language as a (combined) resource, has captured the imagination of researchers, educators, and policy makers around the world. The role of translanguaging as a linguistic and social practice in family, community, educational and institutional contexts raises a number of stimulating and challenging questions that call for continued discussion.
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Call for papers - Dec 2017, conference May 2018
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Bilingual advantage in phonetic learning: Antoniou et al, 2015

Bilingual advantage in phonetic learning: Antoniou et al, 2015 | TELT | Scoop.it

Numerous factors are thought to be advantageous for non-native language learning although they are typically investigated in isolation, and the interaction between them is not understood. Firstly, bilinguals are claimed to acquire a third language easier than monolinguals acquire a second. Secondly, closely related languages may be easier to learn. Thirdly, certain phonetic features could be universally more difficult to acquire. We tested these hypotheses used as explanations by having adults learn vocabularies that differentiated words using foreign phonetic contrasts. In Experiment 1, Mandarin–English bilinguals outlearned English monolinguals, and the Mandarin-like (retroflex) artificial language was better learned than the English-like (fricative voicing). In Experiment 2, bilinguals again outlearned English monolinguals for the Mandarin-like artificial language. However, only Korean–English bilinguals showed an advantage for the more difficult Korean-like (lenition) language. Bilinguals, relative to monolinguals, show a general advantage when learning ‘easy’ contrasts, but phonetic similarity to the native language is useful for learning universally ‘difficult’ contrasts.

 

 

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"Outlearning" - how about that? https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/outlearn

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Bilingual language processing: better inhibitory control

Bilingual language processing: better inhibitory control | TELT | Scoop.it
Speaking more than one language is good for the brain, according to new research that indicates bilingual speakers process information more efficiently and more easily than those who know a single language.
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Research by Marian and colleagues, for example: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/223129897_Constraints_on_parallel_activation_in_bilingual_spoken_language_processing_Examining_proficiency_and_lexical_status_using_eye-tracking/file/9c96051c928ec04a89.pdf

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Multilingual Language Theories and Practices (MLTP2018): Valladolid, April 2018

Multilingual Language Theories and Practices (MLTP2018): Valladolid, April 2018 | TELT | Scoop.it
We invite papers in all areas of research in bi-/multilingualism, whether or not linked directly to the overarching conference theme, including, but not limited to, linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, clinical linguistics, education, bi-/multilingual societies.

Topics will include:

(multiple) language acquisition and learning (L3, L4, Lx);
psycho- and neurolinguistics of multilingualism;
translanguaging;
early bilingualism and heritage language development;
speech processing in bi-/multilinguals;
trans/multilingual language use in different contexts;
multilingual education;
bi-/multiculturalism;
bi-/multilingual language policies;
literacy in multiple languages (pluriliteracy);
intercultural and globalisation issues related to multilingualism.
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First call for papers: January 2018
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Call for Papers:  Special issue on ‘Current Approaches to Bilingualism’

Call for Papers:  Special issue on ‘Current Approaches to Bilingualism’ | TELT | Scoop.it
A special issue of the International Journal of Language and Applied Linguistics (IJLAL) is to appear in October 2015, and submissions are invited for articles, which will focus on current approaches to bilingualism.
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