Category Archives: Conferences

Two new conferences on heritage language!

The first conference is The 8th National Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, with a focus on the linguistic reality of Spanish heritage speakers, as well as the pedagogical needs of these speakers in a classroom setting. The conference, organized by the Institute for Language Education in Transcultural Context, The Graduate Center, CUNY, takes place May 13 to May 16. Although the deadline for submissions has passed, since the conference will be held virtually, anyone interested in Spanish as a heritage language should check it out.

Second, we are happy to share information with you on the Thirteenth Heritage Language Research Institute, which focuses on language similarities / differences in bilingual situations. The conference, organized by the University of North Carolina, takes place June 7 to June 10. Once again, as a virtual conference, it is accessible to all who are interested.

Conference: UIC Bilingualism Forum’s Call for Papers

The Organizing Committee for the 2012 UIC Bilingualism Forum is pleased to invite abstracts for the 2012 UIC Bilingualism Forum.

CALL FOR PAPERS: The UIC BilForum ( is dedicated to research in any area related to bilingualism, including theoretical linguistics, code-switching, SLA, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, neurolinguistics, cognitive sciences, heritage languages and bilingual acquisition. sycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, neurolinguistics, cognitive sciences, heritage languages and bilingual acquisition.

Submission Guidelines: -2 page anonymous abstract, including examples and references (please remove hidden identifying information) -PDF file format -No more than 1 individual and one group abstract submission per person
Please see our website to submit an abstract and for additional information:  Presentations will be 20 minutes each with 10 minutes for discussion.

The deadline for abstract submissions is April 15, 2012. We also request that you kindly forward this call for papers to any potential participants.

The  2012 UIC BilForm  will be held October 4 and 5, 2012 at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Conference: UIC Bilingualism Forum

We are proud to announce the 2011 UIC Bilingualism Forum, to be held here at the University of Illinois at Chicago, April 14-15.

The UIC Bilingualism Forum is dedicated to research in any area related to bilingualism: theoretical linguistics, codeswitching, SLA, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, neurolinguistics, cognitive sciences, heritage acquisition, bilingual acquisition, etc. Presentations will be 20 minutes each with 10 minutes for discussion.

Keynote Speakers

  • Marcel den Dikken, City University of New York
  • Michael Ullman, Georgetown University

Call For Papers

  • Deadline for submission of abstract: 12/1/2010
  • Acceptance response by: 1/15/2011
  • 2 page anonymous abstract including examples and references
  • 1 separate page with name, title, and affiliation
  • Abstract should be submitted via Linguist List

Conference: Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics

From March 28 to 31 of next year there will be a conference on Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics in Berlin, Germany. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2010.

Quantitative models of linguistic phenomena have been increasingly informing linguistic theory by testing, confirming and falsifying linguists’ hypotheses, and translating their insights into language based applications. Despite this, the divide between theoretical linguistics and empirical research remains substantial, with many theories being expressed in terms that are not conducive to data-based testing, and conversely, the appearance of a variety of data-based studies and applications with no adequate theory to frame and explain
their results.

Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics (QITL) offers a forum for researchers who aim to bridge this gap from any linguistic discipline or methodology, and in particular, but not limited to:

– Quantitative corpus based studies
– Psycholinguistics
– Computational linguistics / NLP
– Historical linguistics
– Lexicography
– Second language acquisition / applied linguistics
– First language acquisition

International Conference on Minority Languages in Estonia

In May (28th-30th) there will be the 12th International Conference on Minority Languages (ICML XII) in Tartu, Estonia.  The ICML is hosted by the University of Tartu, but there are colloquia being held by affiliate departments.  One such department is the Department of Modern Philology at the Universitá degli Studi di Firenze, which will be holding a colloquium (themed session) entitled “Language contact and change in multiply and multimodally bilingual minority situations.”

The colloquium deals with bimodal bilingualism approached as a minority language in need of typological standardization and contact-induced grammatical change.

The colloquium’s homepage:

The ICML XII website:

GURT in March

Georgetown University is holding GURT 2009 on March 13-15th.  While the conference’s main focus is SLA, the full title is Georgetown University Round Table: Implicit and Explicit Conditions, Processes, and Knowledge in SLA and Bilingualism.  So, GURT is a great destination for those interested in Bilingual Acquisition as well as SLA.

Plenary Speakers include Ellen Bialystok, Nick Ellis, Arthur Reber, Bill VanPatten, and Michael Ullman.  Check out the website at:


Coming up in March the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is hosting their 10th annual Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference.  The invited speakers are Antonella Sorace, Roumyana Slabakova, and Alan Juffs.

GASLA-10 will take place from March 13th-15th.  See the website for more details.

UIC Bilingualism Forum Update

The submission date for the UIC Bilingualism Forum has been changed to February 9th.

The University of Illinois at Chicago, April 30 & May 1, 2009

The UIC Bilingualism Forum is dedicated to research in any area related to
bilingualism: Theoretical Linguistics, Codeswitching, SLA,
Psycholinguistics, Language Policies, Sociolinguistics, Neurolinguistics,
Cognitive Sciences, etc. Student presentations are especially encouraged.
Presentations will be 20 minutes each with 10 minutes for discussion.

Deadline for submission: 02/09/2009
Acceptance response in February 2009

3rd Brazilian Bilingual Schools Conference

In May the Escola Cidade Jardim in Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil will be hosting its 3rd Brazilian Bilingual Schools Conference.  Speakers slated to be at the conference include Jim Cummings and Merill Swain from the University of Toronto.  The conference will take place from May 1st to 3rd.

See their website for more info:

Conference Announcements, Part 2

Also upcoming this summer the 7th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB7) will take place at the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. The Symposium will be the 8-11 of July of 2009.

The International Symposium is a bi-annual conference which last took place in Hamburg in 2007. Keynote speakers for the Symposium will include Shyamala Chengappa from the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing in Mysore, India; Guss Extra from the University of Tilburg, Netherlands; Pieter Muysken from Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen, Netherlands; Nuria Sebastien-Galles from the Universitat de Barcelona in Catalonia; Antonella Sorace from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; and Sarah Thomason from the University of Michigan.

For more information, visit the website at