Heritage Languages at the Crossroads (HL@Cross)


Heritage Languages at the Crossroads (HL@Cross): cultural contexts, individual differences and methodologies (May 29-30, 2023)

The Aurora Center for Language Acquisition, Variation & Attrition (AcqVA Aurora) at UiT The Arctic University of Norway and our partner Istanbul Medeniyet University  invite you to the Heritage Languages at the Crossroads : cultural contexts, individual differences and methodologies (HL@Cross) workshop on May 29th & 30th taking place on the Istanbul Medeniyet University’s campus in Istanbul, Türkiye (Turkey)This workshop will be a capestone to the Heritage-bilingual Linguistic Proficiency in their Native Grammar (HeLPiNG, funder Tromsø Forskningsstiftelse) project and several Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA, funder European Commission) grants (CLICK, INPUT & HeLA).

The workshop welcomes submissions on heritage language bilingualism in any and all contexts globally, including returnees. The workshop aims to bring together researchers who investigate heritage language bilingualism from various disciplines, including (applied, psycho-, neuro-) linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience, deaf/hearing impaired studies, language policy, ethnolinguistic studies, language pedagogy and other related fields. Empirical  work on language acquisition, linguistic processing, attrition, linguistic and (related) cognitive development, motivation, identity, equality, education and policy  as well as  theoretical and methodological epistemology are very welcome. This includes all domains of language (syntax, morphology, semantics, phonology, the lexicon and discourse/pragmatics, and their interfaces) and any and all appropriate methodologies, online and offline experimental or other (e.g., corpora) methods.


Some exemplar topics of interest include, but are not limited to:  

  •         Linguistic properties of heritage languages in children and adults
  •         Heritage language acquisition and development
  •         The role of extra-linguistic variables in heritage language acquisition / maintenance
  •         Crosslinguistic influence in heritage language speech production and comprehension
  •         Code-switching/translanguaging in heritage speakers
  •         Neurocognitive adaptations within heritage bi-/multilingualism
  •         First language / cross-generational attrition
  •         Heritage language instruction  
  •         Multimodal language and communication
  •       Research investigating socalled “returnee” contexts 
  •         Methods in heritage language bilingualism
  •         Empirical and/or epistemological work on motivation, identity and equality in Heritage Language Research 
  •         Work connecting adjacent fields, such as language contact, creole genesis, diachronic approaches 


Abstract Submission: CLOSED NOW!!!

Keynote Speakers

           Aylin Küntay, Koç University, Türkiye
            Oksana LalekoState, University of New York at New Paltz, USA
        Patrick Rebuschat, Lancaster University, UK, University of Tübingen, Germany

       Cécile De Cat, University of Leeds UK, UiT Arctic University of Norway

Junior Scholar Plenary Speakers


         Sergio Miguel Pereira Soares, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Netherlands
  .     Grazia DiPisa, University of Konstanz, Germany

Important Dates

Conference: May 29th & 30th, 2023

Abstract Submission deadline: December 15th, 2022

Notification of Acceptance: February 15th, 2023

Registration opens: February 15th, 2023 

Registration (free): Closed

For accepted abstracts, we request that at least one author registers before March 20th, 2023