Conference on Bilingual Acquisition in Early Childhood

Venue: The Chinese university of Hong Kong

Date: 11-12 December 2008


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Dec 11, 2008 (Thu)

Dec 12, 2008 (Fri)

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Call For Papers

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:

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

Organizing Committee:

Paper Presentation:

Each author may submit one proposal as the first author and another as co-author. Each paper presentation will be 30 minutes in length (20 minutes for presentation, followed by a 10-minute question & answer period). The language of presentation may be English, Cantonese or Mandarin.

Please send your submissions for paper presentations to the following email address, in the following manner:

Please send the following information in the main text of your email and your abstract as an attachment no later than 15 June 2008.

Title and Abstract:

Please do not include any information in your abstract which may reveal your identity, as the review process will be conducted anonymously.

(a) Format

(b) Please save the file as a pdf file, text file, or Word file under your last name (e.g., chan.pdf).

Notification of acceptance will be made by the middle of July 2008.

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