Perspectives on Multilingualism: An Interdisciplinary Roundtable

Workshop

WHEN January 27, 2023
9:15 AM - 12:30 PM EST WHERE 19 Washington Square North WHO 19 Washington Square North, NYU Abu Dhabi in New York By Invitation Interested scholars please contact 19wsn.programs@nyu.edu

It is estimated that less than half of the world’s population self-identifies as monolingual; most of humanity speaks and understands more than a single language. Despite this fact, research on language across humanities, engineering, biology, and the social and psychological sciences has historically prioritized the study of monolingual speakers and communities. In recent years, language researchers have begun to recognize that multilingualism is a fundamental human characteristic that can inform both the nature of language and the general human ability to adapt to variation. This workshop explores the implications of multilingualism in a cross-disciplinary discussion of what it means to be human in a world of ubiquitous linguistic variety.

Speakers
  • Esti Blanco-Elorrieta, Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard University
  • Ailís Cournane, Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, NYU
  • Shondel Nero, Professor of Language Education, NYU
  • María Rosa Brea, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, NYU
  • João Sedoc, Assistant Professor of Technology, Operations, and Statistics, NYU
  • Jon Sprouse, Professor of Psychology, NYUAD
Organized by
  • Lisa Davidson, Professor and Chair of Linguistics and Director of the Phonetics and Experimental Phonology Lab, NYU
  • Alec Marantz, Silver Professor of Linguistics and Psychology, NYU; Co-Principal Investigator of the Neuroscience of Language Laboratory, NYUAD

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