Multilingual Children and their Imaginative Worlds

Children's imaginative play has long attracted scholars in different fields, from psychologists like Vygotsky in the 1960s to sociolinguists in recent years. This symposium with papers from diverse contexts will address such methodological and theoretical questions as how bi/multilingual children use linguistic varieties and other semiotic resources in their plays, and what implications their language use may have for the languages, families, communities, and societies.

Kids playing in a playground

This two-day symposium hosted by Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing), University of Oslo, seeks to shed light on how bi / multilingual children's imaginative worlds and their language use within them could methodologically and analytically help us understand their views on languages, multilingualism, as well as the concomitant implications, outcomes and consequences for languages, communities and societies. During the symposium, we will focus on how children's imagination mediates their language use in such imaginative spaces as naturally occurring plays at home or playground leading to language shift (e.g. Mirvahedi & Cavallaro, 2019; Smith-Christmas, 2020), or intentionally created ones to catalyze using a minority language, eg in language revitalization efforts.


The full program of the symposium can be downloaded here.


To obtain the Zoom link, please register on Nettskjema.

Keynote speakers

Prof. Amy Kyratzis, University of California, Santa Barbara

Prof Asta Cekaite & Prof Polly Björk-Willén, Linköping University

Prof Kay Tisdall, University of Edinburgh

Published Oct. 8, 2021 10:39 AM - Last modified Oct. 8, 2021 4:09 PM