Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten

Symposium on language learning and use

  • Datum: –12.30
  • Plats: Engelska parken Rum 6-0022
  • Föreläsare: Magali Paquot, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium; Ying Wang, Stockholm University; Christer Geisler & Christine Johansson, Uppsala University
  • Arrangör: Fakultetsnätverket Språk och lärande och Engelska institutionen
  • Kontaktperson: Tove Larsson
  • Konferens

The symposium focuses on two topics that have generated a great deal of interest in the fields of Learner Corpus Research and Second Language Acquisition in recent years, namely L1 (first-language) transfer and linguistic complexity. These topics are also highly relevant to language teaching. (Negative) L1 transfer is commonly defined as interference from one’s L1; for example, someone who has Swedish as their L1 might mistakenly write the advantage with this approach (rather than the more expected the advantage of this approach) due to their ability to link this expression to the Swedish equivalent fördelen med detta tillvägagångssätt. Studies of L1 transfer can provide valuable insights into language use and language learning (e.g. Paquot, 2013). Research on linguistic complexity shed light on learners’ interlanguage knowledge, by looking, among other things, at the size, elaborateness and diversity of the learner’s language production (Housen & Kuiken, 2009).

The symposium, which is co-hosted by the faculty network Språk och lärande and the Department of English, brings together researchers from three universities: Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Uppsala University and Stockholm University.

As the number of seats is limited, I kindly ask you to sign up for it by sending an email to tove.larsson@engelska.uu.se by April 23. The presentations will be given in English.