CFP: 2012 Second Language Acquisition Graduate Student Symposium

2012 Second Language Acquisition Graduate Student Symposium: Language Choice and Choosing a Language

Submission Deadline – January 31, 2011

April 13–14, 2011

The Pyle Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Co-hosted by University of Iowa

The SLA graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa have formed a partnership to host an annual SLA Graduate Student Symposium. Organizing and hosting the conference alternates between the universities. Graduate students in SLA and related disciplines present their work and meet distinguished researchers in their field.

The theme of the 2012 symposium is *Language Choice and Choosing a Language*.
Submissions may address the conference theme or any area related to current
and future trends in SLA research.

We seek proposals, both theoretical and empirical, from graduate student that reflect the differing perspectives and methods currently used in SLA research. Specifically, proposals dealing with language choice, the decision to use a specific form or code during an interaction, and how it is determined by social context. SLA being interdisciplinary in nature, we seek proposals that discuss microsocial and psycholinguistic aspects of language choice and the roles of social and geographical contexts in choosing a language or having no choice due to sociopolitical factors, language policy and planning. The research may be interdisciplinary in nature. Submissions based on pilot studies, predissertation studies, or work-in-progress projects will be considered, as well as completed projects.

Plenary Speakers:
Johannes Wagner (University of Southern Denmark)
Alister Cumming (University of Toronto, OISE)
Agnes Weiyun He (University of Stonybrooke)

Panel Discussion:Publish or Perish

Areas of interest:
code switching
bilingual, cross-cultural interpersonal communication
globalization and language use
heritage language acquisition
language policies
conversation/discourse analysis
psycholinguistic aspects of language choice
foreign language education

Submission Guidelines:

We invite proposals for papers and posters from graduate students at any
level of graduate study. All proposals must be original (i.e., not previously
presented in public) and unpublished work. Paper presentations will be 20 minutes followed by a
10 minute discussion period. Poster presentations will be displayed at an hour-long
session, during which poster authors will stand by their posters to discuss their

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words. Please submit abstracts by
January 31, 2011 to: (only email
submission is accepted).

*Notification of acceptance will be sent by February 28, 2011.
*Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

Classroom research
Second and foreign language pedagogy
Psycholinguistic approaches to SLA
Generative second language acquisition (syntax, phonology, semantics)
Heritage language learning and maintenance
Language, culture, socialization, and pragmatics
Learner corpora and SLA
Testing and assessment
Analysis of discourse and interaction
Computer-assisted language learning
Second and foreign language policy
Sociocultural approaches to language learning

*Please adhere to the following format:*

I. In the body of the email message, please include all of the following
information in the following order:
1. Title of presentation (maximum 10 words)
2. Presenter’s name (family, given)
3. Department and affiliation
4. Complete mailing address
5. Phone/Fax
6. Preferred email address for correspondence
7. Summary of the presentation, with a clear theoretical or empirical focus
(maximum 50 words). This summary will be included in the program booklet and cannot
be subsequently revised.
8. Also in the body of the email message, please indicate your choice below.

I wish my abstract to be considered as a:
a. Presentation OR poster
b. Presentation only
c. Poster only

9. Please include an abstract as *an attachment*. The attachment must be a
Microsoft Word document and may not exceed 300 words. Please place the title as the
first line of the document. Neither your name nor your institution’s name should appear
in the abstract.

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