Workshop on Children's Language Development and the Role of Input in less-studied Languages

Open 1-day workshop on children's language development in less-studied languages hosted by the BABYLEARN flagship project at Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan.

A baby lying on its stomach smiling on a sheepskin on the floor. Photo.
Photo: Colourbox

The vast majority of published work on language development and children’s language input feature English-speaking populations (Kidd & Garcia, 2022, see figure below). This skewed representation seriously limits what we can generalize to other linguistic (e.g., Norwegian) and socio-cultural (e.g., non-WEIRD) contexts.

Frequency Distribution of Articles on English, other Indo-European Languages and Non-Indo-European Languages Published in Child Language Journals Between 1974 and 2020.
Frequency Distribution of Articles on English, other Indo-European Languages and Non-Indo-European Languages Published in Child Language Journals Between 1974 and 2020. Copyright: authors, manuscript open-access: 10.1177/01427237211066405.

In this workshop, experts on children's language development, ranging from developmental psychology, educational science and psycholinguistics, will present and discuss their work on language development in less-studied languages/cultures (see book of abstracts below). We are also excited to host our two invited keynote speakers:

Alejandrina (Alex) Cristia (Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, Département d’études cognitives, ENS, EHESS, CNRS, Paris), leader of the Language Acquisition Across Cultures Team, who will give the presentation "A world-wide view on early language acquisition: New methods, opportunities and challenges."

Roger Mundry (Cognitive Ethology Laboratory, German Primate Center, Leibniz Institute for Primate Research, Göttingen; Department for Primate Cognition, Georg-August-University Göttingen; Leibniz ScienceCampus Primate Cognition, Göttingen), biostatistician, who will give the presentation "Risks and limitations of using linear models in language research."

Program


09:00-09:10: Welcome 

09:10-10:30: Alex Cristia  A world-wide view on early language acquisition: New methods, opportunities and challenges

10:30-10:40: Coffee break

10:40-11:00: Hanne Røe-Indregård Norwegian culture and policy as a backdrop for examination of adult-child interactions
11:00-11:20: Nora Serres – The role of dialect variability on mispronunciation sensitivity: An insight to infants’ early language development from a Norwegian context
11:20-11:40: Nina Gram Garmann & Hanne Gram Simonsen – Consonant cluster realisation in Norwegian- and English-speaking children: The role of input
11:40-12:00: Elisabet García González – Does the apple not fall far from the tree? Why the same research questions might have different answers depending on where you ask them

12:00-13:00: Lunch

13:00-13:20: Michelle White – The suitability of WEIRD-developed language assessment tools in South Africa
13:20-13:40: Julien Mayor – Extra-linguistic modulation of the English noun-bias: Evidence from Malaysian bilingual infants and toddlers
13:40-14:00: Luca Onnis – Properties of child-directed speech in bilingual parents: Two studies on partial repetitions
14:00-14:20: Jolanta Kilanowska & Nina Gram Garmann – Will multilingual children benefit from their expecting parents being trained to enrich the language environment? 
14:20-14:40: Franziska Köder – The development of semantic integration in bilingual and monolingual toddlers measured by ERP

14:40-15:00: Coffee break

15:00-16:30: Roger Mundry – Risks and limitations of using linear models in language research



Book of abstracts

Registration


Fill in this form to sign up to the workshop before Thursday 25.08. Lunch and coffee/tea will be provided to all registered attendees.

Published Aug. 15, 2022 8:56 PM - Last modified Nov. 8, 2022 10:03 AM