The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University, with the support of the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music, are pleased to invite you to a two-day conference on multilingualism and brain plasticity, to be held on
24-25 October 2013 (Thursday and Friday) at McGill University
in the vibrant, multilingual city of Montreal (Canada).
The conference examines recent advances in our understanding of multilingualism, including simultaneous bilingualism, language learning mechanisms, sign language, transfer effects, brain plasticity and critical periods, providing a critical overview of current developments in this field. Another important goal of this conference is to facilitate and inspire the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas among researchers and students from different backgrounds, and to promote collaborative research projects in the future. Researchers in the areas of linguistics, psycholinguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience, neurolinguistics, speech language pathology and related fields are invited to submit abstracts that report on relevant work in the field of bilingualism and multilingualism.
Abstract submission deadline: Sunday, 07 July 2013
The meeting will also feature invited presentations by eight internationally renowned researchers from complementary areas in linguistics, psychology and neuroscience, whose work has contributed new and innovative perspectives on the (psycho-)linguistic and neural bases of multilingualism and related cognitive domains. The wide range of topics to be addressed includes: how to handle to languages in one brain, challenges of grammatical and morphological processing in multilingualism, first language attrition - the science of learning and forgetting, the roles of input and socio-economic status on bilingual language acquisition, and bilingualism in sign languages, among others.
The conference is also part of a number of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (SCSD) at McGill. You will have opportunities to learn about the ongoing research at the School as well as the interdisciplinary Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music that brings together top scientists from all four universities in Montreal.
Last but not least - Montreal is one of the most vibrant multilingual cities in the world ! - You may wish to stay an extra day or two to experience 'applied multilingualism', Montreal's famous cuisine, and the city's multi-faceted cultural life ...
We hope to see you all in October,
Karsten Steinhauer, PhD
(Chair, Organizing Committee & Canada Research Chair in Neurocognition of Language at McGill)
To learn more about the 50th anniversary of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (SCSD) at McGill, please go to: 50th anniversary