23.335, Confs: Language Acquisition, Sociolinguistics/Germany

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Subject: 23.335, Confs: Language Acquisition, Sociolinguistics/Germany

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Date: 17-Jan-2012
From: Gunther De Vogelaer [gunther.devogelaer at uni-muenster.de]
Subject: Variation in Language Acquisition

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Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 16:28:16
From: Gunther De Vogelaer [gunther.devogelaer at uni-muenster.de]
Subject: Variation in Language Acquisition

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Variation in Language Acquisition 
Short Title: ViLA 

Date: 10-Feb-2012 - 11-Feb-2012 
Location: Münster, Germany 
Contact: Gunther De Vogelaer 
Contact Email: gunther.devogelaer at uni-muenster.de 
Meeting URL: http://www.uni-muenster.de/HausDerNiederlande/institut/veranstaltungen/vila2012/index.html 

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics 

Meeting Description: 

Despite repeated calls for in-depth research the acquisition of sociolinguistic variation remains to be an under-investigated topic both in sociolinguistics and in language acquisition research. Yet several reasons can be given why children, adolescents and L2-learners are a worthwhile topic of investigation: first, the ability to perceive and employ variation in speech is an integral part of people's linguistic competence, and the field of language acquisition cannot afford to study the acquisition process in a sociolinguistic vacuum. In addition, the process of language transmission has been quoted for more than a century as a potential cause of language change. For instance, processes of dialect levelling, loss and koinèisation are believed to take place primarily in children and adolescents, whereas second language acquisition is believed to underlie change through language contact. Finally, as do acquisition processes in general, the acquisition of sociolinguistic variation might cast over issues relating to the relationship between language and mind, including the language learning process and the nature of grammatical knowledge.

The present workshop addresses sociolinguistic variation both in first and second/foreign languages. We hope to bring together scholars working on the acquisition of variation in different languages, in order to engage in cross-linguistic comparison and set a research agenda for the near future.


The workshop will take place in Münster, in the 'Haus der Niederlande' (i.e. in the historical centre of the city; see http://www.uni-muenster.de/HausDerNiederlande/ (in German)). Anyone in need of accommodation for the night may contact the organizers (gunther.devogelaer at uni-muenster.de)

Registration for the conference is possible via our website:

Conference Program

Friday, February 10, 2012

8.30-9.00: Registration and opening

Jean-Pierre Chevrot (Grenoble): Early acquisition of sociolinguistic variation: Bringing together social and cognitive issues (keynote lecture)

Matthias Katerbow (Marburg): Acquisition of regional variation in German


Anna Ghimenton (Fribourg): Acquisition of variation in multiparty interactions in Veneto (Italy): evidence from the weaker language

Laurence Buson (Grenoble): The effects of social diversity on the acquisition of stylistic variation

Charles Farrington, Mary Kohn and Jennifer Renn (North Carolina/North Carolina State): Effects of school demographics on child and adolescent morphosyntactic and phonetic variation: A longitudinal analysis


Gunther De Vogelaer, Jan Klom & Benina Knothe (Münster): Acquiring grammatical gender in southern Dutch, northern Dutch and Low German: a usage-based account

Leonie Cornips (Meertens Institute / Maastricht): The acquisition of variable word order in two-verb clusters in regional Dutch

Karen Miller & Christina Schmitt (Penn State/Michigan State): The effect of variation in the acquisition of grammar by children


Kathy Rys, Gert De Sutter, Steven Gillis (Antwerp): The role of salience in Second Dialect Acquisition

Carla Hudson Kam (British Columbia): Examining Children's Learning of Variation in a Miniature Artificial Language

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Katerina Zombolou & Artemis Alexiadou (Stuttgart): Incomplete acquisition of anticausatives in heritage speakers of Spanish-Greek and English-Greek bilingual adults12

Kleanthes Grohmann & Evelina Leivada (Cyprus/Barcelona): The Socio-Syntactic Development of Cypriot Greek Clitic Placement

Claudia Grümpel (Alicante): Second language acquisition of the German brace und dialectal variation: the example of native speakers of Romance languages


Andrea Ender (Freiburg): What is the target variety? Acquisition of dialectal variation by adult second language learners

Francisco Salgado-Robles (Kentucky): "Me encantan los niños…un día les llevé al Parque de Campo Grande y ellos se divirtieron muchísimo…": The Acquisition of Sociolinguistic Variation by Advanced Second Language Learners of Spanish in a Study Abroad Context

Yoshiyuki Asahi (NINJAL, Tokyo): High dialect contact, the acquisition of sociolinguistic variation, and the role of a standard variety: the case of a Japanese New Town


Aurélie Nardy (Grenoble): Impact of Social Background on the Evaluation of Sociolinguistic Variables in French-speaking Children Aged 4 to 6

Erica Beck (Michigan): Developing the ability to perceive regional accents: the role of meta-linguistic awareness and prior exposure to regional variation


Eric Schleef (Manchester): Developmental stages in the acquisition of variation in English /t/

Jürgen Jaspers (Antwerp): title tba (keynote lecture)

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