Thinking, doing, learning: Usage based perspectives on second language learning (TDL4)

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Funder's project number: 9992941-20182

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  • 7 000,00

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Project start date: 01/10/2018

Project end date: 31/12/2019


Thinking, doing, learning: Usage based perspectives on second language learning (konferenssi), 17-19 June, 2019

This conference brings together perspectives that find mutual kinship in a view of language as an embodied, semiotic, symbolic tool used for communicative and interactional purposes and an understanding of language use as the preeminent condition for language learning – perspectives that can be seen to fall under the umbrella term of usage based perspectives. The aim of TDL4 is to advance our understanding of what it means to take a usage-based approach to L2 learning and L2 research. Therefore we invite researchers interested in a wide variety of questions to be answered about language usage, language learning, and cognition – from societal issues of what it means to interact in an L2 to how speakers carry out and accomplish social actions in moment-to-moment sense-making activities, and from the environments of language use to the nature of the sediments of these usage events that are left as “acquired linguistic constructions” in the individual language learner. This variety of questions involves strong, empirical and theoretical considerations of language, learning, and cognition: what is language – constructions or interactional competence?; what is learning – social action or long-term portability?; what is cognition – an individual property or a socially distributed phenomenon? And what are the implications for L2 teaching?

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