Bridging Language Acquisition and Language Policy Symposium

The Bridging Language Acquisition and Language Policy symposium explores intersections between two research fields: language policy and language acquisition, which together inform language acquisition planning. The aim of the symposium is to facilitate dialogue about what researchers in the two fields should know about core issues and findings in each other’s areas in order to strengthen and inform endeavors around language acquisition planning. There is a salient need for such dialog because researchers in these two fields together have the potential to influence how politicians and educators create policies that affect how children and adults learn languages for academic, economic, and other purposes.

The underlying premise of the symposium, then, is that language acquisition planning work can be enhanced by sociologists of language and language acquisition researchers mutually raising awareness about the cognitive, sociocultural, and political contexts in which (mother tongue, foreign, and second) language use, acquisition, and teaching take place. By engaging with research work across the two fields, researchers can strengthen their abilities to inform policy stakeholders such as legislators, curriculum planners, educational administrators, teachers, parents, and other community members.

Keynote Speakers

  • Diane Larsen-Freeman – University of Michigan, USA
  • Elisabeth Lanza – University of Oslo, Norway
  • Virginia C. Mueller Gathercole – Florida International University, USA
  • Jason Rothman – University of Reading, UK

Organizing Committee

  • Francis M. Hult – Lund University, Sweden
  • Tanja Kupisch  – Lund University, Sweden//University of Konstanz, Germany 
  • Maarja Siiner – University of Tartu, Estonia

CALL FOR PAPERS

We invite the submission of proposals for 20-minute presentations (with an additional 10 minutes for questions/discussion). All proposals will undergo a double-blind review process through which they will be assessed on their relevance for the symposium, quality, and originality/scholarly contribution.

Submissions are welcomed from all areas and disciplines relevant to the topic of language acquisition planning, including but not limited to

  • Anthropology
  • Discourse studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Modern languages
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Sociology of language

Proposals may address these or any other topic related to language acquisition planning:

  • Language attitudes, ideologies, and hierarchies
  • Language of instruction and school achievement
  • Language planning in higher education
  • Language rights
  • Linguistic integration
  • Mother tongue instruction
  • Planning minority language acquisition
  • Relationships between second language acquisition principles and educational policy expectations
  • Relationships between (supra)national language policies and classroom practice
  • Teachers as language policy agents
  • The role of (immigrant) mother tongue fluency for school achievement
  • The role of schools and educational institutions in language acquisition planning

Submission Instructions

Abstracts must be submitted online via the symposium website. http://konferens.ht.lu.se/lpp-symposium/ Click on ‘Registration and Abstract Submission’ in the left-side menu. On the registration page, click on ‘Register a New Participant’. No registration fees are due at the time of submission. Once you have created a profile (be sure to save it after clicking ‘continue’), click on ‘Upload Abstracts’ to submit your proposal. 

An individual or lead presenter must submit the following no later than 23:59 (Central European Time) on 19 January 2015 in a single document:

  1. Title 
  2. Abstract of no more than 300 words (references, if used, are not included in the word count) 
  3. 50-word summary (with no references)

Submission policies

The abstract document may not include any identifying personal information. Submissions that do not follow the format above may not be considered. Each individual may submit only one abstract as single or lead author and may be second author on one other submission. Submission is not a guarantee of acceptance. All abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of experts.

Travel Awards

Doctoral students are especially encouraged to submit proposals. A limited number of travel awards, consisting of up to 2000 SEK (approximately 220 EUR) and a registration fee waiver, will be granted based on financial need to assist with travel costs. Travel funds will be given as a reimbursement following participation in the symposium.

Individuals who wish to be considered for a travel award must submit the following in a single pdf document:

  • A 200-word statement summarizing the presenter’s financial needs related to the symposium
  • A signed letter of support from the doctoral supervisor

The above document must be submitted in the same manner as abstracts (i.e., via the ‘Upload Abstracts’ section of the symposium website registration area). Requests for travel awards will not be accepted after 19 January 2015.

Symposium Proceedings

All presenters will have the opportunity to submit full paper manuscripts to be considered for the symposium proceedings. Full papers will undergo additional double-blind peer review; acceptance to present at the symposium is not a guarantee of acceptance for inclusion in the proceedings. Manuscripts must be submitted by 15 January 2016 to be considered. Additional information will be provided to accepted presenters.

Important Dates

19 January 2015: Last day to submit abstracts (by 23:59 Central European Time)

March 2015: Notification of acceptance

14 April 2015: Last Day to register for symposium and pay registration fee 

17 - 18 June 2015: Symposium dates 

15 January 2016: Submission of full papers to be considered for symposium proceedings (additional information will be provided to accepted presenters)

The symposium is jointly hosted by the Language Acquisition Research Group at the Lund University Centre for Languages and Literature and the Danish Language Policy Network with support provided by the Birgit Rausing Language Programme and the  Foundation for Danish-Swedish Co-operation.