MiMS Workshop November 11-12, 2021

The workshop Micro-variation in Multilingualism is hosted on November 11-12, 2021 by the AcqVA (Acquisition, Variation & Attrition) research group and the project MiMS (Microvariation in Multilingual acquisition & attrition Situations), funded by the Research Council of Norway 2016-2020.

Keynote speakers

*current travel restrictions do not allow Michael Putnam and Lydia White to travel to Norway

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on micro-variation in bi- and multilingual populations on topics that are (directly or indirectly) related to the questions investigated in MiMS. Topics that extend the focus of the project, e.g. to different language combinations, different linguistic phenomena or different populations, are especially welcome.

We plan to publish a special issue in Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism (LAB) after this workshop.

Organizing Committee

Nadine Kolb
Natalia Mitrofanova
Marit Westergaard
Aleksandra Bogoiavlenskaia


Thursday (11.11.)

12.00-13.00  Lunch

Session 1. Chair: Nadine Kolb

13.00-14.00  Welcome + Overview of Work Packages 1 – 4

14.00-15.00  Invited Speaker: Cristina Flores,University of Minho

What changes when the language environment of bilinguals changes? Data from interviews, offline and online tasks on German morphology.

15.00-15.30 Coffee Break

Session 2. Chair: Tanja Kupisch

15.30-16.00  Magdalena Wrembel, Adam Mickiewicz University

Multi-feature analysis of speech perception in L2 and L3

16.00-16.30  Natalia Kartushina, University of Oslo

Short- and long-term effects of L2 production training. Do improvements last?

16.30-17.00 Roumyana Slabakova, University of Southampton & NTNU

What might a shared multilingual system of representation look like?

17.00-17.30 Coffee Break

Session 3. Chair: Yulia Rodina

17.30-18.00  Anne Dahl, Kjersti Listhaug & Guro Busterud

The interaction of target language, prior languages, and structure type in the L3 acquisition of verb placement

18.00-18.30  Isabel Nadine Jensen & Marit Westergaard

Exploring the effect of similarity in third language acquisition of a miniature artificial language 

18.30-19.00 Nadine Kolb, Natalia Mitrofanova & Marit Westergaard

Cross-linguistic Influence in Child L3 English: An Empirical Study on Russian-German Heritage Bilinguals

19:30 Dinner

Friday (12.11.)

Session 4. Chair: Natalia Mitrofanova

9.00-10.00    Invited Speaker: Theresa Biberauer (University of Cambridge)

Macro- and microcues in bi/multi-lingualism: A South African-flavoured Maximise Minimal Means perspective

10.00-10.30  Coffee Break

Session 5. Chair: Merete Anderssen

10.30-11.00  Sílvia Perpiñan (University Pompeu Fabra)

Microvariation and Potential Transfer: Northern and Southern Italians learning Spanish

11:00-11.30  Tanja Kupisch, Nadine Kolb, Yulia Rodina & Olga Urek

Foreign Accent in Pre- and Primary School Heritage Bilinguals

11.30-12.00  Natalia Mitrofanova, Irina Sekerina, Serge Minor, Antje

Sauermann, Natalia Gagarina, & Marit Westergaard

Processing of grammatical case in Russian and German by monolingual and bilingual preschoolers: A Visual World eye-tracking study

12.00-13.00 Lunch

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