This workshop is a follow-up of the successful meetings that took place in Stockholm (January 2009) and Iowa City (June 2010). Its main goal is to bring together researchers who are interested in the acquisition and use of a third (L3) language and whose work is carried out within a cognitive perspective. The main motivation behind research done within cognitive approaches to L3 acquisition so far has been to find explanations for the complex cognitive nature of the multilingual mind, that is, how issues that have been dealt with in bilingualism would fare when one individual juggles three linguistic systems. The plenary speakers invited to this workshop will consider the L3 phenomenon from a gamut of cognitive-based approaches and their work will touch upon issues which contribute to the debate on the representation and processing of lexical items, the role of control processes, the mental representation of morphosyntax, the reanalysis of different linguistic systems over time and incomplete acquisition, among others. All contributions would aim at understanding the cognitive underpinnings of L3 acquisition.
Call for papers
Submission deadline: 9 January 2012
We seek high quality papers that contribute to these larger issues, but also those that examine specific empirical questions related to the acquisition of L3/Ln morphosyntax, phonology, the lexicon, semantics and pragmatics from a cognitive perspective.
Abstracts must be 500 words or less (not including title, figures and references) and fit on one page, with a second page for data and references. Abstracts are due on 9 January 2012 and should be sent to L3gasteiz@gmail.com. A limited number of papers following peer review will be selected for oral or poster presentation. Acceptance will be announced on 1 March.
ProgrammeTo be announced
Facultad de Letras / Letren Fakultatea
The venue is 10 minutes walk from the centre of Vitoria-Gasteiz.
The deadline for registration is 27 April 2012. A fee of €40 is payable ( €22 students), which includes coffee breaks and lunches on Thursday and Friday. Payment is to BBK Account number: 2095 0292 98 3239000486. Please state as concept: "TLA 2012".
Secretaria del Departamento de Filología Inglesa y Alemana
Getting to Vitoria-Gasteiz
Vitoria-Gasteiz has very good train connections. Check the RENFE website.
The nearest airport with international connections is Bilbao, which is about 1.5 hours away by public transport. You can find a list of airlines flying into Bilbao.
To reach Vitoria-Gasteiz from Bilbao airport, you should catch a bus from the one and only bus stop just outside arrivals. Just stay on the bus until the final stop (Termibus, the Bilbao bus terminal). Buses run every 15-20 minutes and the journey takes about 20-25 minutes. At the Bilbao bus terminal, take a bus run by the company La Union (timetable).
Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital of the Alava province in the Spanish Basque Country. It is European Green City 2012. The centre is relatively small and easy to get around on foot. Check out the tourist information and wikipedia entry, (or look at the wikipedia entry in Spanish for more photos).
Contact the organisers
The symposium is organised by LASLAB (Language and Speech Laboratory) at the Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Ingeles eta Aleman Filologia Saila/Dpto. de Filología Inglesa y Alemana.
Last updated: 31 May 2012