Abstracts are being invited for presentations at a conference on Acquisition of Chinese: Bilingualism and Multilingualism, which will take place on 1-3 July 2019 at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, The United Kingdom.
With the development of globalization, there are fewer and fewer monolingual speakers and the number of bilingual speakers and multilingual speakers is increasing rapidly. Among these bilingual and multilingual speakers, the number of speakers who can speak Chinese is also increasing rapidly. In what way do two or more than two languages co-exist in a person’s mind? In what way do these languages interact with and influence each other in the human mind? What roles do language typology, the distance between languages, and the quality and quantity of the language input play in the person’s use of the languages. At this conference, we will take Chinese as a target language, and the aim is to bring together researchers in the fields of bilingual and multilingual research to discuss issues in L2, L3 or Ln acquisition of Chinese by adults, children and heritage speakers. We particularly welcome papers focusing on theoretical (linguistic, psycholinguistic, cognitive, etc.) and empirical approaches to these themes.