Linguistics at Newcastle



LALunch, the Special Interest Group looking at Language Acquisition, is a group of academics and postgraduate research students interested in the theoretical and pedagogical aspects of first and second language acquisition.

Meetings are participant-driven, and the purpose is to address challenging problems in language acquisition, such as theoretical models of acquisition, differences and similarities between first and second language acquisition, interfaces in acquisition and processing, the nature of bilingualism, differences between instructed and naturalistic L2 learners, effects of age on acquisition and attrition, methodological issues in assessing acquisition.

This is achieved through:

  • discussing papers on core theoretical questions
  • hosting visiting speakers on relevant topics
  • presentations of ongoing research within Newcastle
  • identifying potential research collaborations

Meetings are normally on the first Wednesday of every month, 13.00 - 14.00 in the CRiLLS room (bring your own lunch!).