Conference: CIALT 2

The 2nd Conference on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Linguistic Theory (CIALT-2)
Dates: October 25-27, 2018
Location: Berlin, Germany.
Topic for 2018: “Theoretical and applied methods in studying multiple grammars”

The 2nd Conference on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Linguistic Theory aims to bring together scholars from theoretical linguistics, cognitive studies, applied psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, clinical linguistics and educational studies. Along with broad interdisciplinary issues, CIALT-2 will elaborate more on the theme “Theoretical and applied methods in studying multiple grammars” (language acquisition, L1-L2 interaction, multilingualism, heritage languages, language change as well as registers).

The conference intends to promote communication among these disciplines by inviting research on these issues as well as the methodology and the tools used in accessing multiple grammars. Special emphasis will be put on evaluating the methods employed for accessing the evidence for a distinction between competence and performance, the issues that shed light on the ways multiple grammars emerge, the role of interlanguage in processing, and the evaluation of the input of each grammatical system.

Invited Speakers:

Jennifer Culbertson (University of Edinburgh)
Karen Emmorey (San Diego State University)
Jorge Gonzalez Alonso (University of Reading)
Esther Rinke (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)
Jason Rothman (University of Reading)
Antonella Sorace (University of Edinburgh)
Charles Yang (University of Pennsylvania)

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Call for papers

The Conference on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Linguistic Theory 2 encourages submissions dealing with interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological issues shedding light on the overall understanding of language development, language processing and language modeling. The theme of CIALT-2, “Theoretical and applied methods in studying multiple grammars”, intends to promote research on all aspects of theoretical and methodological issues involved in evaluating the emergence of multiple grammars.

Therefore, we welcome abstracts dealing with evaluation of theories, testing specific hypotheses, discussing the (dis)advantages of specific experimental tools and/or the effectiveness of certain baseline tasks. Within this spirit, not only abstracts providing experimental evidence for a linguistic hypothesis are welcome but also abstracts showing the shortcomings of a theoretical approach leading to inconclusive results.

Domains: Theoretical & Applied Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Neurolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, Cognitive studies.

Abstract guidelines:

  • Abstracts may be submitted for an oral presentation of 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute discussion, or for the poster session here;
  • Abstracts should be submitted anonymously in PDF format, Times New Roman 12pt, with 1-inch (or 2.5 cm) margins on either side, maximum length 2 pages (including data, pictures, and tables/graphs ) with an optional page for references;
  • Each author may submit a maximum of two abstracts, i.e. one single-authored and/or one joint paper, or two joint papers;
  • The language of the conference is English.

Important dates:
Extended deadline for submission: June 15, 2018
Notification of acceptance: mid-July 2018
Conference dates: 25-27 October 2018

Please contact Margaret Grant for any questions regarding your submission.
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