Calendar Event

October 27, 2012 to October 28, 2012

The Multilingual Mind


The Multilingual Mind: Language Development and Methodology

Saturday, October 27, 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 28
, 9 a.m.
“The Multilingual Mind”
211 Hall of Languages

In a world in which people are increasingly mobile and ethnically self-aware, questions concerning bilingualism and multilingualism take on increasing importance from both scholarly and practical points of view.  The new international circumstances that have developed over the last two decades– in which linguistic/ethnic communities that had previously been politically submerged have asserted themselves – have provided scholars with new opportunities to study the phenomena of individual and societal bilingualism and multilingualism that had previously been closed to them.

A 2-day Mellon Foundation Faculty-Student Symposium is scheduled for 27-28 October 2012 at 211 Hall of Languages of Syracuse University. Entitled “The Multilingual Mind,” the symposium’s focus is on neurological, psycholinguistic and linguistic dimension of the multilingual mind.

The main objectives of the symposium are: (1) presentations of prepared papers by internationally-renowned scholars and young highly promising researchers that take up substantive and current challenges of Multilingualism; and (2) interdisciplinary exploration of the issues of the multilingual brain and multilingual creativity from the perspective of language development and its various facets, including the question of sign language acquisition, language documentation methodology, multilingualism and academic discourse.

The symposium is being organized by Professor Tej K. Bhatia (Linguistics) and  Professor William C. Ritchie (Linguistics).

Invited Speakers:

  • Professor Barbara Lust, Cornell University
  • Professor Gerald P. Berent, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Professor Scott Paauw, University of Rochester

A wide-variety of panel presentations/Workshops are also planned.

Workshop on Language Documentation and Field Linguistics with the following topics (all presenters are from the University of Rochester):

  • Working with Language Communities
  • Field Semantics and Pragmatics - Scott
  • Field Linguistics: Real-life Experiences in the Amazon
  • Metadata and Archiving

Panel on Multilingualism and Academic Discourse by Professor Stanley Van Horn,
Director, English Language Center, Rochester Institute of Technology

Sponsored by

The Central New York Humanities Corridor, from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Co-Sponsors: the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Latino-Latin American Studies and the SU Humanities Center (in the College of Arts and Sciences)