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Topics in Theoretical and Applied Approaches to Romance Linguistics
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The theme of the 2014 HLS symposium is Topics in Theoretical and Applied Approaches to Romance Linguistics, focusing primarily on the development and teaching of Spanish and Portuguese but also addresses issues related to other Iberian Romance languages (e.g. Catalan), as well as creoles and indigenous languages of the Americas.

11/13/2014 to 11/16/2014
When: 11/13/2014
Where: Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana 
United States
Contact: Lori Czerwionka

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Hispanic Linguistics Symposium (HLS) 2014: the foremost international conference for the study of linguistics related to the Spanish and Portuguese speaking worlds. The symposium will be held on the Purdue campus from November 13-16, 2014.

The theme of the 2014 HLS symposium is Topics in Theoretical and Applied Approaches to Romance Linguistics, focusing primarily on the development and teaching of Spanish and Portuguese but also addresses issues related to other Iberian Romance languages (e.g. Catalan), as well as creoles and indigenous languages of the Americas. This language-specific theme will stimulate research and scientific inquiry in relation to the following broadly defined topics:

·Linguistic, psycholinguistic and cognitive nature of language development across different populations (i.e., bilingual children, second language learners, immigrants)

·Acquisition and development of first and second languages

·Bilingualism, language contact, and language change

·Social, cultural, and political factors in language use, maintenance, and loss

·Pedagogical/classroom approaches to language acquisition and learning

·Service-learning and engagement as integral to outreach, research, and theory

In addition to receiving over one hundred scholars from the U.S. and abroad as participants, the four renowned keynote speakers are:

·Dr. José Camacho is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at Rutgers University.He is anexpert on Spanish theoretical syntax, bilingualism and second language acquisition. He is also a specialist in language contact and change and the development of minority languages, specifically Quechua and Pano in Peru and Bolivia, and Spanish in contact with Shipibo.

·Dr. Laura Colantoni is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on sound change and categorization and the second language acquisition of variable phonetic parameters.

·Dr. Anna Maria Escobar is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is an expert in Spanish sociolinguistics, language variation and change, and Spanish in contact with English in the US and with Quechua and other Andean languages in Latin America.

·Dr. Juana Liceras is a Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Her expertise is in second language acquisition theory and bilingualism in the world. Her research focuses on the linguistic, psycholinguistic and cognitive processes constraining first and second language acquisition within a Generative Grammar framework, particularly as it concerns the acquisition of Spanish morphosyntax and semantics.

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