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TALV workshop: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Language Variation

Transdisciplinary Approaches to Language Variation

When: April 19-20, 2018

Where: UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway

(NB. Informal pre-workshop get-together on Wednesday, April 17,  at Cafe Sånn at 20.00)

TALV program


The LAVA (Language Acquisition, Variation and Attrition: https://site.uit.no/lava/) group at UiT the Arctic University of Norway is pleased to announce the workshop Transdisciplinary Approaches to Language Variation, to be held in Tromsø, April 19-20, 2018.  The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from around the world who approach the topic of language variation from different perspectives and disciplines, in particular linguistics, psychology, speech pathology, and neuroscience. The focus is on inter- and intra-speaker variability and formal analyses of linguistic variation, and contributions in all domains of grammar (phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics) are welcome. Emphasis will be given to ways of investigating variation in bilingual or multilingual populations (including bidialectals, bimodals, heritage language learners, and L1 attriters). We are especially interested in contributions that address how language is processed by the monolingual and the bilingual mind as well as in methodological issues related to testing diverse populations. Contributions that deal with variation across disorders are also very welcome. Key topics of the workshop are:

  • cross-sectional and/or longitudinal methodology dealing with deve­lop­mental trajectories over time.
  • behavioral and/or neurolinguistic studies of bilingual and/or multilingual processing.
  • methodological issues pertaining to attrition and heritage language learning.
  • variation across developmental or acquired disorders.
  • intraspeaker variation in the input at the syntactic level where multiple exponents give rise to functionally equivalent variants.
  • theoretical contributions that bridge data showing variation in the input with our current knowledge of Universal Grammar.

Keynote speakers

Roberta D’Alessandro (Utrecht University)

Wolfram Hinzen (ICREA/Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)

Kleanthes Grohmann (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)

Itziar Laka (University of the Basque Country, Spain)

Meredith Tamminga (University of Pennsylvania)

The deadline for submissions is January 31. You may submit an abstract for consideration as a paper, poster or both.  Please indicate in your submission if you would like to be considered as a paper or poster only; all others will be automatically considered for both. Abstract submissions must fit on one A4 page, written in Times New Roman script, 12 point font. A second, optional page can be used for references, charts/tables of data and for examples of experi­mental methodology only. We endeavour to inform authors of the outcome of peer review by February 20. A limited number of travel grants will be provided to the highest rated PhD and Masters student abstracts. Please indicate in your submission if you are eligible and would like to be considered for a graduate student travel bursary.

Registration is now open here (until March 18). The registration fee is 400NOK and it covers coffee breaks, lunch on both days and the social dinner on April 19.

Jorge González Alonso
Evelina Leivada
Björn Lundquist
Natalia Mitrofanova
Olga Urek
Øystein Vangsnes
Marta Velnic
Marit Westergaard


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