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Call for Papers: Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics 2014
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GURT 2014 will bring together research from various usage-based perspectives in order to explore (a) how communicative context and language use, in interaction with general cognitive processes, shape the properties of language, language change, and language learning and (b) the consequences of bilingualism and multilingualism for usage-based theorizing and investigation.

10/15/2013
When: 10/15/2013
Where: Georgetown University
Washington, District of Columbia 
United States

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Usage-based Approaches to Language, Language Learning, and Multilingualism
March 14-16, 2014
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
 

GURT 2014 will bring together research from various usage-based perspectives in order to explore (a) how communicative context and language use, in interaction with general cognitive processes, shape the properties of language, language change, and language learning and (b) the consequences of bilingualism and multilingualism for usage-based theorizing and investigation.

Researchers who take a usage-based perspective (broadly defined) have argued that linguistic structure cannot be fully understood if isolated from the study of how language is employed to create meaning. Moreover, an increasing number of researchers from the fields of first language acquisition, second language acquisition, bilingualism, and multilingualism have argued that language learning is guided in crucial ways by the contexts of meaningful communication in which language use is embedded. Overlapping strands of investigation pursued by these researchers include:

  1. the importance of general human cognitive processes in interaction with the physical-social world in shaping cognition and language;
  2. the connection between linguistic form and function;
  3. the importance of frequency and saliency in the input on language learning and language change;
  4. the centrality of diversity and variability in explaining language and language learning; and
  5. the connections between language, language learning, and general properties of cognition.

These insights call for new levels of interdisciplinarity in the study of language and multilingualism in the brain/mind, in schools/classrooms, and in society/communities.

GURT 2014 will be held in conjunction with CASPSLaP 2014 (Current Approaches to Spanish and Portuguese Second Language Phonology).

 

Submission deadline: October 15, 2013

Submissions will close on October 15 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. Notification of submission outcomes will be sent out in mid November.

Call for Papers

We invite submissions in all areas relevant to the usage-based study of language, language learning, and multilingualism and reflective of the theoretical and empirical diversity that exists in current usage-based perspectives, including:

  • Cognitive linguistics
  • Complexity theory, Dynamic Systems theories, language as an adaptive system, and/or emergentist approaches in language learning
  • Construction grammars and language learning
  • Conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, and discourse analysis
  • Corpus linguistic analyses of learner language and/or bi/multilingual corpora
  • Computational modeling of language and bi/multilingualism
  • Ecological and evolutionary perspectives to language diversity
  • Educational linguistics in bi/multilingual contexts
  • English as a lingua franca approaches to language learning-in-use
  • Identity theory and language learning
  • Individual differences among first-language or bi/multilingual users
  • Language socialization theory
  • Linguistic relativity
  • Multicompetence understandings of bi/multilingual competence
  • Narrative inquiry into bi/multilingualism in transnational contexts
  • Neurocognition of language and bi/multilingualism
  • Performance-based language assessment
  • Second dialect acquisition from usage-based perspectives
  • Sociocultural approaches to language learning and teaching
  • Sociocognitive approaches to language learning and teaching
  • Statistical language learning
  • Systemic functional linguistics
  • Thinking-for-speaking
  • Usage-based perspectives into first, additional, and bi/multilingual learning, use, or assessment of sign languages
  • Usage-based phonology

Proposals will be blind reviewed for their originality, quality, and breadth of relevance. In addition, colloquium proposals will be evaluated for the coherence and complementarity of their individual presentations.

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