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The International Conference on Bilingualism: Language and Heritage

18 December 2017 — 19 December 2017

Chinese University of Hong Kong

The International Conference on Bilingualism: Language and Heritage will be held on 18 - 19 December 2017 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. It is an inaugural conference that officially launches the newly established University of Cambridge - Chinese University of Hong Kong Joint Laboratory for Bilingualism (JLB). We aim to provide an international forum to promote and disseminate research in bilingualism across the lifespan from infancy to early childhood and adulthood with a focus on the acquisition of Chinese across linguistically diverse bilingual and multilingual contexts. The theme of the conference features bilingualism through the lens of the intricate relationship of language and heritage, in particular, the acquisition of language as a way to preserve and maintain a speaker and community's heritage and the challenges posed to language learners, researchers and educators.

The conference also features two panels that will be of interest to a wide spectrum of audience from diverse disciplines as well as the general public. The panels bring together researchers and practitioners from different countries including Australia, UK, USA, Hong Kong and Singapore to give an international perspective on issues in nurturing bilingualism in early childhood and heritage bilingualism across diverse contexts.

Panel I: Bilingualism in early childhood education: research and practice

This panel focuses on issues in early childhood bilingualism and education, with the guiding assumption that research and practice can mutually inform each other. Panelists will highlight the importance of infant and child bilingualism research using methods from psycholinguistics and cognitive neuroscience and explore implications for developing programs and for practitioners in the classroom. The panel will be of interest to educators and language professionals concerned with bilingualism research and best practices in the local and international communities.

Panel II: Heritage bilingualism, education and society

This panel focuses on Chinese as a heritage language in overseas communities where English is the language of the community. As the learning and teaching of heritage Chinese has grown rapidly in recent years across many countries, the speakers will address issues in developing education programs for school age children and adult learners in diverse learning contexts. A key issue to be discussed is how knowledge of Chinese as a heritage language can be nurtured in English-dominant environments and how heritage bilingualism is vital to preserving the heritage and identity of the speaker.

Call For Poster Presentations

We are inviting abstract submissions for poster presentations at the Conference. Submissions are invited on any of the following topics:

- childhood bilingualism and multilingualism

- second language acquisition

- third language acquisition

- heritage Chinese

- heritage bilingualism

- language contact and bilingualism

- language shift and maintenance

- bilingual education

- bilingual language policy

Submission guidelines

All abstracts must be submitted in pdf format via the online abstract submission portal at the conference website. Abstracts are limited to 300-400 words, including references and 3 keywords, not exceeding one A4 page. Font size is 12 point Times New Roman font, single-lined, margins set to 2.54 cm (1 inch) all around.

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: 16 October 2017

Notification: by 30 October 2017

For further information of the conference, please refer to the conference website

(Interested parties that cannot access the online submission system run by Google engine can write to us for special arrangements.) ​



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Chinese University of Hong Kong

Boping Yuan, University of Cambridge
Margaret Deuchar, University of Cambridge
Yongcan Liu, University of Cambridge
Esuna Dugarova, United Nations
Audrey Li, University of Southern California
Gigi Luk, Harvard University
Maria Polinsky, University of Maryland
Virginia Yip, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Yang Zhao, Peking University

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