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Bilingualism Labs Around the World: Bangor

We’re starting a new series of posts about bilingualism labs around the world.  Our very first lab is the ESRC Centre at Bangor University.

The ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism in Theory and Practice (http://bilingualism.bangor.ac.uk/)  was established at Bangor on 1st January 2007 for an initial five-year period, with funding from the ESRC, HEFCW, and the Welsh Assembly Government.

It is the first research centre in the UK to focus specifically on bilingualism. As such it will be part of an international network of similar research centres with whom we would like to interact.

Research within the centre is centred around five research groups: Neuroscience Research Group , Experimental-Developmental Research Group, Corpus-Based Research Group, Survey and Ethnography Research Group, Speech Research Group. There is more information on the work of each of these groups in the following link:


The centre offers both an MA and a PhD in Bilingualism. For more information on our postgraduate programmes go to:


Whether you are a researcher or a practitioner interested in bilingualism, we hope that you will interact with us by visiting, writing, phoning, or attending one of our conferences and workshops. This weekend past (Oct. 2nd-3rd), the centre hosted the first Bangor Postgraduate Conference on Bilingualism and Bimodalism. It is aimed at Masters’ and doctoral level students to come together, present their work and come in contact with new ideas. The main goal of the conference is to establish a forum for postgraduate students interested in all linguistic aspects of Bilingualism and Bimodalism. The area of bilingualism being by definition interdisciplinary, the conference reunites contributions from numerous fields, ranging from linguistics to psychology, education and sociology. English-BSL interpreters will be provided for the duration of the conference to enable Deaf and hearing participants to fully engage in all conference activities. The invited speakers are: Marianne Gullberg (Radboud University Nijmegen and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen), Ineke Mennen (ESRC Centre for Research on Bilingualism in Theory and Practice, Bangor University), and Adam Schembri (Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL), Univeristy College London). To see the full conference program, please go to:


At the moment the centre has two calls for funding opportunities: the development fund  (http://bilingualism.bangor.ac.uk//devfund/index.php.en?catid=&subid=7211) and the visiting researcher programme http://bilingualism.bangor.ac.uk//research/VisitingResearchers.php.en?catid=&subid=7237).

If you are interested in bilingualism and in working with us, you can always apply for research associate status. Forms can be found on our website!

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 http://cms.let.uu.nl/isb7/index.php

Conference Announcements, Part 1

The UIC department of Spanish French Italian and Portuguese is hosting a Bilinguilism Forum in the spring. The call for abstracts went out earlier this month for the forum which is to be held on April 30th & May 1st at the Institute for the Humanities located in Stevenson Hall.

The Bilinguilism Forum will consist of three sections–Theoretical Bilingualism, Heritage Learner/Sociolingusitic Study, and Second Language Acquisition–with keynote speakers as yet to be officially announced.  The deadline for abstract submission is January 31st.