CfP: BAAL / Routledge workshop on ‘Bilingual First Language Acquisition: Current theories & methodologies’, 4–5 December, University of York

Organisers: Dr Fatma Said and Dr Ursula Lanvers

Funded by the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) and Routledge we are pleased to announce a call for papers for the following workshop: Developmental workshop on Bilingual First Language Acquisition: Current Theories and Methodologies which will take place at the University of York, UK.

The workshop brings together established researchers, postgraduates (PGs) and early career researchers (ECRs) to discuss and share best practices in the theories and methodologies of bilingual first language acquisition (BFLA). This 2-day workshop has been designed to include training sessions and keynote speeches by scholars at the cutting edge of the field, and presentation slots for established researchers, PGs and ECRs making the workshop highly interactive and inclusive. 

The workshop aims to explore the topic of BFLA holistically from its linguistic, scientific, sociolinguistic and sociocultural perspectives. Creating a space within which to explore and critically discuss the current theories and methodologies of BFLA is important for two main reasons: first, there is an ever-increasing number of children exposed to two languages from birth and so studies of BFLA children are on the rise. And second, there is currently a move by researchers to adopt a greater variety of theoretical paradigms, including interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks and methodological designs. These changes often leave those new to the field, ECRs and PGs unsure of how to best conduct research into BFLA. Hence, this workshop aims to offer an overview of the field as it currently stands through interaction with and direct learning from more experienced researchers as well as experts in the field. Attendees can discuss their ideas, be given feedback, learn from fellow attendees and go on to design their projects with confidence. 

Our invited keynote speakers and methodological workshop convenors are: 

Prof. Dr. Annick De Houwer, Erfurt University, Germany  

Prof. Marilyn Vihman, University of York

Dr. Xiao-Lan Curdt-Christiansen, University of Reading

Prof. Ben Ambridge, University of Liverpool

We invite researchers at all stages to submit a paper, poster or short 5-minute talk on current or on-going research. We are very excited to host this workshop and hope with your support it can be beneficial for all and that we can realise our aims.  More detailed information about this call can be found at the conference website: https://baalyork2017workshop.wordpress.com/ . If you require more information please feel free to contact us at: baal2017york@gmail.com 

We very much look forward to welcoming you to wintery York soon, 

Fatma Said & Ursula Lanvers 

Organising committee