27.3608, Confs: Language Acquisition/UK

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Subject: 27.3608, Confs: Language Acquisition/UK

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Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:01:23
From: Stefano Rastelli [S.Rastelli at greenwich.ac.uk]
Subject: Generative Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Teaching

 
Generative Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Teaching 

Date: 21-Oct-2016 - 21-Oct-2016 
Location: London, United Kingdom 
Contact: Nancy Wong 
Contact Email: Nancy.Wong at gre.ac.uk. 
Meeting URL: http://www.gre.ac.uk/generativesla/home 

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition 

Meeting Description: 

The Centre for Applied Research and Outreach in Language Education (CAROLE) is
hosting a one-day seminar, on ''Generative Second Language Acquisition and
Foreign Language Teaching'' moving from theory to implications for teaching,
via experimental methods.

The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars with different
orientations within the generative framework. The debate should focus on
whether and how generative linguistic can contribute to both SLA and FLT
research in the present day.

Invited Speakers:

- Roumyaba Slabakova
- Jason Rothman
- Harald Clahsen
- Melinda Whong
- Martha Young-Scholten

Topics:

1. Theory

a. What is the current impact of the Minimalist Program on SLA research?
b. How should the notion of a non-native speaker's 'competence' be re-defined
within the broader grammar-parser debate? To what extent and in which
sub-domains are inter-language grammars modelled after UG or constrained by
processing limitations?
c. To what extent do the Critical Period Hypothesis (consideration for a
learner's age) and the analysis of cross-linguistic differences (L1-L2
pairing) inform the current debate in GenSLA?

2. Methodology and experimental data

d. Are acceptability/grammaticality judgements a reliable source of
information about a L2 learner's competence?
e. Can neuro-physiological research using experimental methods (e.g.
neuroimaging, ERP) tell us more about L2 development and about the
relationship between innate (UG driven) and general-domain (cognitive-driven)
L2 representations?

3. Implications for the language classroom

f. Can the learning vs. acquisition Krashenian distinction be considered still
as being valid generalization in GenSLA research?
g. What is the relationship between nature and nurture in both naturalistic
and instructed SLA? Should we – in the latter setting – still try to tear
apart 'teachable' notions-representations from innate (non-teachable) ones?

Organisers:

- Sarah Lizska
- Stefano Rastelli
- Alessandro Benati
- Maria Arche
 






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