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The Romance Turn VII        Venezia (Italy), 1 - 3 October 2015

  International Conference on the Acquisition of Romance Languages

The Romance Turn conferences bring together researchers from across Europe and overseas with the aim of communicating results and developing further research in the acquisition of Romance languages, compared to the acquisition of other languages. Language acquisition studies both in children and adult learners are central to building our understanding of human language and how it develops in the brain. The field has witnessed a continuous growth during the past three decades. Over this period, empirical evidence provided by research conducted on the acquisition of Romance languages such as French, Italian, Catalan, Spanish, Romanian and Portuguese has become increasingly productive. The linguistic properties of Romance languages (i.e., syntactic, semantic, morphological and phonological features) make these languages excellent testing-grounds for both well-known and alternative theories of language acquisition. For example, Romance languages have proven particularly valuable for testing and developing theories addressing the interfaces of syntax, semantics, pragmatics and phonology, and in attempting to explain well-known patterns of acquisition errors in children and adults.

Following the success of previous Romance Turn conferences (Madrid (2004), Utrecht (2006), Southampton (2008), Tours (2010), Lisbon (2012), Mallorca (2014), in 2015 the Romance Turn VII will be held in Venice, Italy, organised by Anna Cardinaletti, Giuliana Giusti and Chiara Branchini and hosted by the Department of Linguistics and comparative cultural studies of the Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia.

Keynote speakers

The conference will present three high-profile keynote speakers:

Giulia Bencini (Hunter College, New York)

Marina Nespor (Sissa, Trieste)

Ianthi Tsimpli (University of Thessaloniki and University of Reading).

 Publication

 As in previous editions, selected papers will be published in an edited volume. Papers will be selected on the basis of their contribution to specific themes of particular interest arising from the conference through a blind peer review process.

The conference is open to researchers, students and members of the public interested in the nature and processes behind first, second and bi/multilingual acquisition, language attrition and impaired language acquisition working in Europe and beyond. We hope it will provide a forum for experts and students to meet, to inform one another on the state of the art in the field of Romance language acquisition, and to spur networking so as to develop new research, collaborations and projects. This conference will also provide a compilation of work in this area to communicate results to the broader linguistics community.