Additional language learning and use across lifespan tends to bring about changes to the native language of the speaker. These changes may manifest in retrieval/activation difficulties or structural as well as neurological modifications of the L1 are studied in the field of language attrition (Schmid & Köpke, 2019). More broadly, the study of language attrition is closely related to heritage language studies and research on incomplete acquisition of native languages. It also informs educators and practitioners who work with bilingual and multilingual populations of various ages groups.
With expanding migration and increasing bilingualism, the goal of Fourth International Conference on Language Attrition and Bilingualism (ICLA 4) is to bring together researchers and practitioners from around the world who are working to better understand the nature of language attrition and its effects on bilingual development. We encourage discussions focused on attrition and its bilingual/multilingual context from the diverse fields of theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, neurolinguistics, sociolinguistics, heritage language studies, language policy, and education.
We seek proposals from a broad range of theoretical, practical, and applied perspectives and welcome the participation of academic and independent scholars and practitioners in the ICLA 4. The conference will take place at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT, USA from April 1 to April 3, 2021. Please, submit 300-word abstracts (Times New Roman 12-point font) including the title, the name(s) of author(s) and their affiliation(s) for 30-minute talks or posters by July 15, 2020 for a review. Notification of acceptance will be communicated by September 15, 2020.