Calls: Interfaces of Bilingualism and SLI Workshop

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Interfaces of Bilingualism and SLI Workshop

Date: 01-Feb-2009 - 05-Feb-2009
Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Contact Person: Sharon Armon-Lotem
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Meeting Description:

The large numbers of bilinguals in the world and widespread migrations of the
1990s, have led to dramatic increases in the number of children being raised in
multilingual communities. This drives the need for coordinated research and
policies which reflect bilingual situations when planning assessment, treatment
and placement of migrant children with specific language impairment (SLI) in
appropriate educational frameworks. These needs are best served by studying SLI
in the bilingual context. The main objective of this workshop is to bring
together researchers who study linguistic and cognitive abilities of bilingual
children, children with SLI and bilingual children with SLI across different
migrant communities to discuss the linguistic and cognitive nature of bilingual

Key words: Bilingualism, Specific Language Impairment (SLI), Language
Acquisition, Migration

Call for Papers

Interfaces of Bilingualism and Specific Language Impairment Workshop
February 1-5, 2009
Institute for Advanced Study, the Hebrew University, Israel

The large numbers of bilinguals in the world and widespread migrations of the
1990s, have led to dramatic increases in the number of children being raised in
multilingual communities. Typically developing (TD) bilinguals often look like
the children with Specific Language Impairement (SLI), creating methodological
and clinical diagnostic confounds. Medical, language and educational
professionals have limited test instruments to distinguish language impaired
migrant children from those who will eventually catch up to their monolingual
peers. As a result, folk wisdom reigns, often carrying the view that bilingual
children with language disorders should be educated in a single language,
usually not the language of the home. In recent years, several research groups
have taken upon themselves to disentangle bilingualism and SLI by establishing
the relative contribution of the each to impaired language performance.

Invited Speakers include:
- Galit Adam, Tel Aviv University
- Anne Baker, University of Amsterdam
- Isabelle Barriere, Brooklyn College (CUNY)
- Lisa Bedore, University of Texas
- Naama Friedmann, Tel Aviv University
- Natalia Gagarina, Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)
- Peggy F. Jacobson, St. John's University
- Jan de Jong, University of Amsterdam
- Theo Marinis, University of Reading
- Juergen M. Meisel, University of Hamburg/University of Calgary
- Johanna Paradis, University of Alberta
- Carol Pfaff, Freie Universität Berlin
- Dorit Ravid, Tel Aviv University
- Tom Roeper, University of Massachusetts
- Monika Rothweiler, University of Hamburg
- Jeannette Schaeffer, Ben Gurion University
- Petra Schulz, University of Frankfurt
- Elin Thordardottir, McGill University
- Ianthi Tsimpli, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
- Joel Walters, Bar Ilan University
- Bencie Woll, University College London

Posters are invited for a poster session on February 4th

Submissions should include:
1. A cover page with the title of the poster, all authors' names and
affiliations, and contact information of the 1st author (postal address, email
address, telephone).
2. A one-page abstract (Times New Roman 12 font), with an optional second page
for examples, data and references. No identity properties of the author should
be found on the abstract page(s). Please center title of the
presentation at the

Cover page and abstract must be submitted electronically to in PDF or word format. In the subject line of the email
please state "Abstract BISLI" and the first author's last name.

All authors will be invited to submit their papers for online proceedings.

The deadline for abstract submission: November 15, 2008
Notification of acceptance: December 1, 2008.

There is no registration fee, but you must register by January 10, 2008 at In addition, please send an email
with your name and affiliation to so we know how many
to expect. In the subject line of the email please state "Registration BISLI".

Organizing Committee:
Sharon Armon-Lotem
Jonathan Fine
Joel Walters

The workshop is organized by the English Department and Gonda Multidisciplinary
Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University with the generous support of the
Institute for Advanced Study at The Hebrew University and the Israel Science

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