LINGUIST List 14.1180

Fri Apr 25 2003

FYI: Summer Course on Language Contact

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  1. Ricardo Etxepare, Summer Course on Language Contact

Message 1: Summer Course on Language Contact

Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 12:05:35 +0000
From: Ricardo Etxepare <>
Subject: Summer Course on Language Contact


Location: Palacio Miramar, Donostia-San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain

Date: 03-Jul-2003 to 05-Jul-2003

Contact: Ricardo Etxepare

Contact e-mail.

Linguistic subfields: General Linguistics, Cognitive Science,

Meeting Description: Summer course ''Language contact: linguistic and
neurocognitive approaches''

	The University of the Basque Country and the Centre National
de la Recherche Scientifique (UMR5478, France) are organizing an
exciting international summer course on the linguistic and
neurocognitive aspects of language contact and multilingual

This course will focus on the linguistic and neurocognitive aspects of
bilingualism and multilingualism, while trying to provide an answer to
questions such as: what is the cortical representation of the
linguistic competence of bilingual and multilingual speakers? How do
they diverge? How is language processed in bilingual and monolingual
speakers? How are such speakers affected by different linguistic
pathologies? How are more than one language acquired? To which extent
do the distance between languages, the age and the nature of the
exposure influence the acquisition process? How does the structure of
the acquired languages change in a contact situation? Are Creole
languages created out of functionally impoverished ''protolanguages''
such as Pidgins, as in the popular ''Pidgin-to-Creole Life-Cycle''?
If so, how? If not, why not? What are some of the alternative
scenarios and how do we evaluate them? What role does language
acquisition play in Creole genesis?

The aim of the course is to make a survey of the results, issues and
problems of language contact in its linguistic and neurocognitive
aspects. Its general approach notwithstanding, a substantial part of
the course will be devoted to present recent investigations in the
basque area, a rich multilingual space where important research has
being carried out on the relevant issues in the last years.

Registration Fees:

There are grants accorded by the summer courses organization to both
national and international students, which substantially reduce the
cost of either registration fees or accomodation. Grant applications
can be submitted until the 5th of May, to the contact e-mail provided
above ( General information about the summer
courses of the University of the Basque Country (programs included),
application forms and accomodation information can be obtained from
the web-site (this course is coded as D-3):

By telephone: +34 943 219751


The non subsidized fees for the course amount to 60 euros until the
31st May, and 72 euros after the 1st of June. Application forms can be
found at the web site above and are also available by mail. For any
further information, mail to
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