CFP: Bilingual Acquisition in Early Childhood

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Thu May 8 18:49:13 UTC 2008

Forwarded from: edling at

An international conference on Bilingual Acquisition in Early Childhood will
be held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) from 11-12 December
2008. The conference is organized by the newly established Childhood
Bilingualism Research Centre at CUHK.

The conference aims to draw together researchers interested in the
linguistic development of children exposed to two or more languages in
childhood. In many parts of the world including Asia, there has been a
growing awareness of the significance of raising bilingual children and
investigating their language development. We hope to invite papers which
address childhood bilingualism involving any combination of languages,
especially with an East Asian language. The processes and pathways of
development in bilingual children are often more complex than those in
monolingual children. We explore the impact of the multitude of factors that
contribute to the complexities in bilingual acquisition including properties
of the dual input, balance of input, and affinities or contrasts between the
language pairs being acquired. Contributions from any theoretical framework
are welcome.

We hope to promote the study of childhood bilingualism in diverse
environments and communities, providing a forum for the exchange of views
between researchers working with bilingual children and contributing to a
better understanding of language acquisition and childhood bilingualism.

Our Keynote Speakers:

Brian MacWhinney (Carnegie Mellon University)

Language Learning in Childhood and Adulthood: How different are they?

William O'Grady (University of Hawai'i)

Scope in Two Languages

Johanne Paradis (University of Alberta)

Are Bilingual Children Slower to Acquire Language than Monolingual Children?

Yasuhiro Shirai (University of Pittsburgh)

The Acquisition of Tense-Aspect Marking by Cantonese-English Bilingual

We invite proposals for paper presentations on relevant topics including
(but not restricted to) the following:

Bilingual acquisition of East Asian languages

Bilingual acquisition in special populations

Bilingual first language acquisition

Child second language acquisition

Cross-linguistic influence in bilingual development

Input studies in bilingual acquisition

Deadline for submission of abstract: June 15, 2008


Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone: (215) 898-7475
Fax: (215) 573-2138

Email: haroldfs at

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