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Offre d'emploi - Assistante ou assistant scientifique

Dans le cadre d’un projet de recherche de l’Institut du plurilinguisme portant sur l’acquisition du français langue de scolarisation, nous recrutons un ou une assistant-e scientifique.

  • Entrée en fonction : 15 février 2022
  • Délai de postulation : 18 décembre 2021
  • Informations et envoi du dossier à :

Plus de détails dans l'annonce ci-dessous.

Individual differences in early instructed language learning: The role of language aptitude, cognition, and motivation

language science press

Variability in predispositions for language learning has attracted scholarly curiosity for over 100 years. Despite major changes in theoretical explanations and foreign/second language teaching paradigms, some patterns of associations between predispositions and learning outcomes seem timelessly robust. This book discusses evidence from a research project investigating individual differences in a wide variety of domains, ranging from language aptitude over general cognitive abilities to motivational and other affective and social constructs. The focus lies on young learners aged 10 to 12, a less frequently investigated age in aptitude research. The data stem from two samples of multilingual learners in German-speaking Switzerland. The target languages are French and English.

The chapters of the book offer two complementary perspectives on the topic: On the one hand, cross-sectional investigations of the underlying structure of these individual differences and their association with the target languages are discussed. Drawing on factor analytical and multivariable analyses, the different components are scrutinized with respect to their mutual dependence and their relative impact on target language skills. The analyses also take into account contextual factors such as the learners’ family background and differences across the two contexts investigated. On the other hand, the potential to predict learner’s skills in the target language over time based on the many different indicators is investigated using machine learning algorithms. The results provide new insights into the stability of the individual dispositions, on the impact of contextual variables, and on empirically robust dimensions within the array of variables tested.

Eurosla 31 - The 31st Conference of the European Second Language Association

EuroSLA 31, a yearly conference dedicated to all areas and approaches to the study of second, foreign, or additional languages, will take place in Fribourg/Freiburg (Switzerland) from 24 to 27 August, 2022. The academic program will include presentations by the participants as well as four invited keynote speakers:

  • Sible Andringa, University of Amsterdam 
  • Aline Godfroid, Michigan State University
  • Elke Peters, KU Leuven
  • Rachel Shively, Illinois State University

We welcome submissions in all areas and approaches to the study of second, foreign, or additional languages. For more information, see the Call for papers or website

Next important dates:

  • Abstract submission opens: 15 November 2021
  • Deadline for abstract submission: 31 January 2022
  • Notification of acceptance: April 2022
  • Start conference registration: May 2022

Babylonia 2/2021 - Kinder mit besonderen Bedürfnissen

Babylonia Vol. 2This issue of Babylonia presents an overview of special needs children’s profiles as well as the diversity of contexts in which these children evolve. The articles make it possible to grasp the complexity of different situations of vulnerability: on the one hand, the specificity of the children's profiles requires adapted care both in school and in logopedic care, and on the other hand, this constant adaptation to the child poses real challenges to schools and its various care services.

La revue est accessible en ligne ici :

Les langues en débat dans une Europe en projet

New publication by Zorana Sokolovska

Depuis quelques décennies, les discours de promotion et de valorisation du plurilinguisme imprègnent différentes sphères de la société. Divers
acteurs sociaux les façonnent et parmi ces derniers le Conseil de l’Europe occupe une place centrale dans la production et la circulation des
discours et des idées sur le plurilinguisme en Europe. Matérialisées dans différents instruments comme les recommandations, guides et cadres
de référence, ces idées construisent les bases d’un discours d’autorité.

Les langues en débat dans une Europe en projet

Au croisement de la sociolinguistique, l’analyse du discours et l’anthropologie institutionnelle, cet ouvrage étudie l’émergence et la circulation des idées sur les langues au sein du Conseil de l’Europe grâce à l’examen de textes institutionnels produits entre 1949 et 2008. Il s’interroge notamment sur ce qu’est le plurilinguisme, sur son rôle et ses enjeux pour la gestion de l’Europe.
Il propose par ailleurs une réflexion critique sur la mobilisation et la promotion d’une certaine vision des langues et du plurilinguisme afin d’exercer un pouvoir sur la scène internationale.

Cet ouvrage s’adresse aux sociolinguistes, analystes du discours, anthropologues et intéressera également les étudiants et professionnels du domaine politico-éducatif.

What is Special About Multilingualism?

New publication by R. Berthele & J. Vanhove (eds.), Currents in Language Learning Supplement

What is Special About Multilingualism?

Four of the articles are Open Access.

  1. Berthele, R. (2021). Introduction: What is special about multilingualism? Language Learning, 71(S1), 5-11.
  2. Critten, R. G., & Dutton, E. (2021). Medieval English multilingualisms. Language Learning, 71(S1), 12-38.
  3. Beisbart, C. (2021). Complexity in multilingualism (research). Language Learning, 71(S1), 39-79.
  4. Berthele, R. (2021). The extraordinary ordinary: Re-engineering multilingualism as a natural category. Language Learning, 71(S1), 80-120.
  5. Festman, J. (2021). Learning and processing multiple languages: The more the easier? Language Learning, 71(S1), 121-162.  
  6. Lago, S., Mosca, M., & Stutter Garcia, A. (2021). The role of crosslinguistic influence in multilingual processing: Lexicon versus syntax. Language Learning, 71(S1), 163-192.  
  7. Frank, S. L. (2021). Toward computational models of multilingual sentence processing. Language Learning, 71(S1), 193-218.
  8. Chuang, Y.-Y., Bell, M., Banke, I., & Baayen, R. H. (2021). Bilingual and multilingual mental lexicon: A modeling study with Linear Discriminative Learning. Language Learning, 71(S1), 219-292.

D'une pierre 4 coups ?!

Le projet « D’une pierre 4 coups », né en Suisse italienne et réalisé grâce aux compétences de partenaires de toute la Suisse, propose des points de rencontre linguistiques et culturels entre les différentes régions linguistiques de notre pays. Ce projet comporte non seulement un livre, qui compare des expressions idiomatiques dans les quatre langues nationales, mais également des fiches didactiques pour les écoles (matériel pilote pour l’enseignement de l’italien) et des contenus interactifs pour le grand public.

D'une pierre 4 coups

Figures of interpretation

Figures of interpretation

Figures of interpretation is a collective book which assembles 31 portraits of people who interpret languages, cultures and situations, and offers graphic interpretations of their collective experience. Their individual stories are part of the larger history of interpreters, interpretation and interpretive readings, and they demonstrate how language intersects with race, class, gender and geopolitical inequalities.

The book allows the unexpected to unfold by passing control from the writers to the reader, who will see connections and ruptures unfold between space, time and class while never losing sight of the materiality of living. Together and individually, the portraits tell a powerful story about the structure of contemporary society and the hierarchical distributions of power that permeate our lives."

The publisher is offering a 50% discount until the end of February. Please feel free to use the code mentioned in the flyer.