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Re: "ISB5" - 5th International Symposium on Biligualism

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  • Don Osborn
    Here s yet another announcement on ISB5 (previous ones on this list were message nos. 101 & 108). Note the extended deadline (9-25). It will be interesting to
    Message 1 of 3 , Sep 13, 2004
      Here's yet another announcement on ISB5 (previous ones on this list
      were message nos. 101 & 108). Note the extended deadline (9-25).

      It will be interesting to know how the conference - with its theme of
      measuring language proficiency of bilinguals - considers measurements
      of literacy among multi/biliterate people.


      Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2004 15:03:27 -0400 (EDT)
      From: helmut.daller <helmut.daller@...>
      Subject: 5th International Symposium on Bilingualism

      5th International Symposium on Bilingualism
      Short Title: ISB5

      Date: 20-Mar-2005 - 23-Mar-2005
      Location: Barcelona, Spain
      Contact: Melissa Moyer
      Contact Email: isb5@...
      Meeting URL: http://isb5.uab.es

      Linguistic Sub-field: General Linguistics

      Call Deadline: 25-Sep-2004

      Meeting Description:

      The 5th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB5) will be
      organized in Barcelona (Spain) by the Universitat Aut¨°noma de
      Barcelona in collaboration with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the
      Universitat de Barcelona. This forum includes all areas of language
      and linguistics related to the field of Bilingualism. For further
      information contact isb@... or check the web http://isb5.uab.es



      At the 5th International Symposium on Bilingualism (March 20 - 23,
      2005 Barcelona, see also http://isb5.uab.es)

      Convenor: Helmut Daller and Jeanine Treffers-Daller (both University
      of the West of England, Bristol)

      Please contact helmut.daller@... or
      Jeanine.Treffers-Daller@... if you are interested in presenting
      a paper at this colloquium.

      The focus of this colloquium will be on methodological issues when
      comparing different measures of language proficiency across languages
      with structural differences. Many studies on bilingual language
      proficiency focus only on one language. This is a serious
      methodological flaw since the complexity of bilingual proficiency is
      not taken into account. The proposed colloquium will bring together
      researcher who will contribute towards a better understanding of what
      Grosjean (1997: 165) has called the complementarity principle: the
      fact that bilinguals use their languages for different purposes and
      in different domains of life. Therefore both languages have to be
      taken into account. However, research on immigrant bilinguals in
      Europe face the challenge that the language pairs under investigation
      show large structural differences in many cases (e.g. French/Arabic,
      Dutch/Turkish, Russian/German and other pairs). How can we make sure
      that the measures of proficiency in these language pairs are
      comparable? We invite contributions of researchers who address this
      problem in their work, be it within quantitative or qualitative
      research frameworks.

      Grosjean, F. (1997) "The bilingual individual. Interpreting:
      International Journal of Research and Practice in Interpreting,
      (1/2), 163 -187.
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