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Seminal Work on Second Language Acquisition

Thursday, 29 September 2011 Lourdes Ortega

ERBIS associate member Lourdes Ortega edited a 6-volume collection titled Second Language Acquisition which anthologizes the field of second language acquisition (SLA) through 80 seminal articles published between 1967 and 2009. The anthology is organized thematically into: Foundations (Vol 1), Main Themes (Vol 2), Formal Linguistic Approaches (Vol 3), Cognition (Vol 4), Social Dimensions (Vol 5), and Instruction (Vol 6). Each volume is prefaced by an editor’s introduction that sketches main historical trends in that domain of SLA.
The 6-volume set was published by Routledge in February 2011 and is part of the Critical Concepts in Linguistics Major Works Series.


Interview on NPR

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 Wolfgang Wölck

On Sept. 26, 2011, ERBIS associate member Wolf Wölck was interviewed live on American National Public Radio.

The interview was part of the call-in program ‘The Conversation’ hosted by Ross Reynolds from the KUOW NPR station in Seattle, Washington. The program's topic was accents. You can listen to the podcast through


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AILA Honorary Membership

Thursday, 22 September 2011 KarlfriedKnapp

ERBIS associate member Karlfried Knapp was made an Honorary Member of the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée (AILA).

This honor was bestowed on Dr. Knapp for his extraordinary service to the field of applied linguistics. Dr. Knapp was honored at the 16th AILA World Congress in Beijing, China.

» read more (German text)


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New book on Multilingual Aspects of Speech Sound Disorders in Children

Monday, 19 September 2011

ERBIS associate member Madalena Cruz-Ferreira contributed a chapter on Sociolinguistic and cultural considerations when working with multilingual children to the new book on Multilingual Aspects of Speech Sound Disorders in Children, edited by Sharynne McLeod & Brian Goldstein.

The book is being published by Multilingual Matters and is coming out in October 2011.

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Multilingual Early Language Transmission Conference in Brussels

Monday, 19 September 2011 melt

Annick De Houwer has been invited to speak in the capacity of ‘expert’ at the closing conference of the MELT project (MELT = Multilingual Early Language Transmission).

The project is financed by the European Commission as part of the Lifelong Learning Programme. The conference will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on October 6, 2011. Dr. De Houwer will be speaking on “Early Bilingual Development and the Role of Input and Attitudes”.


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Child Multilingualism at Symposium in The Hague

Monday, 19 September 2011

On September 30, 2011, Annick De Houwer will be an invited speaker at a symposium in The Hague, the Netherlands, entitled “Multilingualism in young children” (Dutch title: Meertaligheid bij jonge kinderen – last of luxe?).

The symposium is being organized by Dutch publisher Bohn Stafleu & van Loghum with help from “De Taalstudio”, directed by Dr. Maaike Verrips. Dr. De Houwer will be speaking on “Meertaligheid: feiten en fictie” (Multilingualism: facts and fiction).

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2009 Books by De Houwer now available as e-books for Kindle

Friday, September 9 2011 bfla&ibd

Dr. De Houwer's books from 2009, Bilingual First Language Acquisition and An Introduction to Bilingual Development, have just been made available as e-books for Kindle. If you're interested, here are the addresses where you can find the e-versions:

● for Bilingual First Language Acquisition (the longer, more specialized book): (for the UK,; for Germany,

● for An Introduction to Bilingual Development (the shorter, less specialized book): (for the UK,; for Germany,


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Annick De Houwer elected Member of IASCL Executive Committee

Thursday, 11 August 2011 iascl

At the past tri-annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL) in Montreal, Canada, ERBIS member Annick De Houwer was elected member of the IASCL Executive Committee.

Dr. De Houwer wil be a member of the Executive Committee until 2014, when the next IASCL conference will be taking place (this time in Amsterdam).

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Blog-post on American Speech and Hearing Association website

Thursday, 11 August 2011 asha

The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) published a new blog-post by ERBIS associate member Madalena Cruz-Ferreira on ‘ Recommending Monolingualism to Multilinguals – Why, and Why Not ’ » read post.

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12th International Congress for the Study of Child Language

Monday, July 25 2011 iascl2011

ERBIS director Annick De Houwer held a talk at the 12th International Congress for the Study of Child Language.

The Congress is organised every three years by the International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL). This year's congress took place in Montréal, Canada between July 19-23.

Annick De Houwer's talk focused on the issue of maternal input to bilingual and monolingual children. A full program of the Congress as well as an abstract of Dr. De Houwer's talk can be read here.

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Brian MacWhinney gives guest lecture at University of Erfurt

Monday, 27 June 2011 bmw

On Tuesday, July 5 2011 Brian MacWhinney held a guest lecture at the University of Erfurt on Item-based patterns, child language learning, and the brain.

Brian MacWhinney is Professor of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, USA). Amongst others, he has helped construct four important instruments for improving psychological and linguistic research, including the Child Language Data Exchange System (CHILDES) and Talkbank. His talk in Erfurt specifically addressed the matter of clustering in child speech, viz. the combination of words into larger clusters, and the developmental processes underlying this phenomenon. The abstract can be found here.

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Annick De Houwer teaches course on Bilingualism at LOT graduate school

Thursday, 16 June 2011 LOT

In the week of June 20, 2011, ERBIS Director Annick De Houwer taught a course on Bilingual First Language Acquisition (BFLA) at the Netherlands National Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT).

Each year, LOT organizes a winter and summer school session in January and June/July, respectively. The research program covers all major aspects of linguistics and provides a national and international meeting point to improve and facilitate linguistic training and research.

Professor De Houwer's course on BFLA discussed not only the linguistic structures acquired by the children, but also the use of these structures in both languages in actual conversation and how this use is inextricably influenced by language input and language attitudes. The program can be found here.

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Annick De Houwer at International Symposium on Bilingualism

Tuesday, 07 June 2011 isb

During the International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB) ERBIS director Annick De Houwer held an invited keynote lecture and two presentations.

The International Symposium on Bilingualism is the premier international conference on bilingualism and multilingualism. This year, it took place between June 15 and June 18 in Oslo, Norway. The conference series was launched by Professor Li Wei, an ERBIS associate member. This year's ISB was hosted by ERBIS associate member Professor Elizabeth Lanza.

At ISB8, the invited keynote lecture by professor De Houwer focused on Harmonious Bilingual Development, a topic she also discussed in her book Bilingual First Language Acquisition and that was first launched in a 2006 article published in France. » read abstract

In the framework of a colloquium on ‘Limited Input’ (organised by Helen Halmari and Ad Backus), professor De Houwer gave a presentation entitled What is limited input? For more about the limited input colloquium and an abstract of De Houwer's talk, click here.

Finally, in the framework of a colloquium on ‘Operationalizing and measuring language dominance’ (organised by Carmen Silva-Corvalán and Jeanine Treffers-Daller), professor De Houwer gave a presentation on Is “dominance” a useful concept in bilingual acquisition? More can be read about the language dominance colloquium, including an abstract of De Houwer's talk, here.

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Lena De Mol & Annick De Houwer at Psycholinguistics in Flanders workshop

Thursday, May 12 2011 pif

During the Psycholinguistics in Flanders (PIF) workshop on May 25-26, 2011, in Antwerp, Belgium, ERBIS member Lena De Mol presented a talk on disfluencies in the speech of young bilingual children (title: Speech errors, stuttering and code-switching in child bilinguals - Contributing to psycholinguistic theory, co-author: Annick De Houwer).

The talk thematized theoretical and conceptual issues encountered when analysing disfluencies in the speech of young bilingual children. An abstract of the talk can be found under Publications & Talks .

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Agnes Groba & Annick De Houwer present poster at GISKID

Wednesday, May 11 2011 giskidposter

Together with ERBIS director Annick De Houwer, member Agnes Groba presented a poster on part of her dissertation research and findings at the GISKID conference on May 20-21, 2011, in Leipzig, Germany.

Topic of the poster was the estimated receptive age of acquisition for German and Spanish adjectives as a basis for the development of a bilingual adjective comprehension screening tool (original title: Geschätztes rezeptives Erwerbsalter von deutschen & spanischen Adjektiven als Grundlage für die Entwicklung eines bilingualen Adjektiv-Verständnis-Screenings ).

The poster as well as the full results can be viewed under Research » Current Projects, a link to the poster is also available under Publications & Talks .

For more information, contact Agnes Groba at


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Annick De Houwer keynote speaker at GISKID

Thursday, May 05 2011 giskid_conference

ERBIS director Annick De Houwer was a keynote speaker at the GISKID conference on May 20-21, 2011, in Leipzig, Germany, where she presented on the importance of the language environment in evaluating the language competence of bilingual children (original title: Die Bedeutung der sprachlichen Umgebung für die Evaluation der Sprachkompetenzen bilingualer Kinder).

For more information, Annick De Houwer can be contacted via email at


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Certificates of attendance for teachers and speech therapists

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

The ERBIS Symposium qualified as in-service training for teachers in Thuringia under regulation number Reg.-Nr. ALX-34-27. For speech therapists, the symposium was certified as a half-day convention with 3 credit points.

ERBIS' first symposium

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

On Friday May 6 2011 ERBIS organized its first symposium in cooperation with the Chair for Language Acquisition and Language Teaching of the University of Erfurt. Theme of the symposium was bilingual development in young children.

Different aspects of the theme were highlighted in five presentations, emphasizing core concepts underlying early bilingual acquisition. The presentations also provided practical information about how a bilingual upbringing can be realized in the family or in kindergarten. The full program can be viewed here.

ERBIS on the world wide web

Monday, 21 February 2011

ERBIS welcomes you to its virtual home at! The website will offer information about what ERBIS is, what ERBIS does and what ERBIS studies and publishes. Check back to see what is new and to follow ERBIS in the spotlight!

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