MultiLing Summer School 2017

Is it really possible to have a strict separation of the cognitive and social aspects of human activity? This year’s summer school examined interdisciplinary approaches to multilingualism with a focus on socio-cognitive aspects.

Photo: Nadia Frantsen/UiO

Photo: Nadia Frantsen/UiO

The course examined a broad range of issues relating to human development and language use and learning that problematize a strict separation of cognitive and social aspects of human activity. Lecturers for the summer school were Professor Nick C. Ellis (University of Michigan, external link)) and Professor Steven L. Thorne (Portland State University, external link).

16 PhD students from all over the world attended the four day course which included both lectures from Professors Thorne and Ellis, and a set of sessions where the students presented their own research.

Five of the participating PhD students came to Oslo through our INTPART network project, which aims to establish, further develop and strengthen collaboration with scholars at four key South African universities whose work is highly relevant for MultiLing’s research agenda.

Through it's focus on the interplay between the social and the cognitive in linguistic research, the course placed itself right at the core of one of MultiLing's main research goals: to bridge the gap between sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.

Ellis' lectures focused on usage-based theories of language, and how a usage-based approach can be used to describe and analyze aspects of language acquisition, and processing. Over the course of his four lectures,Thorne challenged the traditional conceptions of cognition and context in language use and development. An example of this is how Thorne has studied, amongst many other things, plurilingual interaction in digital environments, such as in the online game World of Warcraft, can lead to improved linguistic skills through informal learning.

 

Photo: Nadia Frantsen/UiO
Photo: Nadia Frantsen/UiO

 

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Published Sep. 4, 2017 3:09 PM - Last modified Sep. 4, 2017 3:09 PM