The NELLi Research Away Day in May 2017 covered various aspects of linguistics and included talks by guest speakers Dr Enoch Aboh (University of Amsterdam) and Dr Steve Bloch (UCL).
Monday 22nd May, 9.30 – 16.00
Room 2.22, Research Beehive, Newcastle University
We were delighted to have Dr Enoch Aboh (University of Amsterdam) and Dr Steve Bloch (UCL) as external speakers at our Research Away Day. Abstracts of their talk were as follows:
'The Multilingual Mind': Enoch Aboh
In this talk, I argue that acquisition occurs during contact of idiolects in which children are exposed to competing alternatives in the inputs. Based on such inputs, children learn to master multiple ‘registers’ allowing communication within their community. My working hypothesis is that learning in such a multiple-varieties ecology results from a basic cognitive process: recombination, which enables human learners to merge linguistic features selected from the inputs into new variants.
'Everyday practice and severe speech problems': Steve Bloch
published on: 19 April 2017