2nd Vienna Workshop on Portuguese Linguistics: Acquisition Across Varieties – New Perspectives from Portuguese, 16.-17. November 2023, Universität Wien

gemeinsam mit Albert Wall

Portuguese is acquired across Africa, Europe and South America both as L1 (Pires & Rothman 2009; Pires, Rothman and Santos 2011; Gonçalves et al. 2018; Teixeira & Alves 2022) and as an L2 (Madeira 2016; Flores, Rinke & Rato 2017; Flores et al. 2019). While Portuguese has a rather uniform written standard, ultimately the varieties acquired and the contexts they are acquired in, are vastly different. This plurality of varieties brings its challenges, particularly for controlled settings of L2 acquisition (Formato 2018). At the same time, this situation invites an in-depth comparison and promises interesting findings on the nature of language acquisition in general.

This workshop aims at bringing together researchers working on L1 and L2 acquisition of Portuguese in uncontrolled and controlled settings. The goal is to discuss current developments in the field and to uncover possible cross-varietal implications from different acquisition scenarios. Contributions may address L1 and L2 acquisition of any domain of grammar in controlled and uncontrolled settings. Comparative work across varieties, but also with other languages, is especially welcome, as is work on the acquisition of Portuguese in African countries.

Keynote speakers:

  • Susana Correia (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
  • Elaine Grolla (USP)
  • Esther Rinke (University of Frankfurt)

Experimental Approaches to Romance Morphology, 27.-28. Oktober 2022, Universität Wien

gemeinsam mit Pamela Goryczka

This workshop aims to bring together researchers working on phenomena pertaining to Romance morphology based on using psycholinguistic or neurocogntive methods of investigation. To study the morphological processes involved in the production and comprehension of language as they occur, traditional methods such as tasks aimed at eliciting language production as well as grammaticality and acceptibility judgement tasks are being employed regularly. However, more recently, to gain insight into the temporal sequencing of morphological processing, more time-sensitive experimental measures have also proven necessary (e.g. ERP- or eye tracking studies).

1st Vienna Workshop on Portuguese Linguistics: Empirical Research on Portuguese, 11.-12. Dezember 2020, Universität Wien

gemeinsam mit Anna Kocher & Pamela Goryczka

In recent years, empirical questions are becoming more and more central in many areas of linguistic research. The empirical testing of theoretical predictions and the empirical deduction of hypotheses are no longer merely a possibility, they are starting to become a necessity. This is no longer only true for empirically oriented fields, even in theories that traditionally relied on introspection, the trend of taking methodological and empirical questions in consideration is gathering pace. This development offers great potential but also confronts us linguists with new challenges.

The aim of the workshop is to put a focus on empirical approaches to the study of Portuguese. The goals are to address the advantages and disadvantages of established empirical methods and to discuss how Portuguese linguistics can profit from the combination of methods and other novel approaches that up until today have not been used extensively for the study of this language. The workshop will feature talks on topics ranging from corpus to experimental linguistics by the following speakers:

Ana Maria Martins (Universidade de Lisboa)
Esther Rinke (Universität Frankfurt)
Alina Villalva (Universidade de Lisboa)
Albert Wall (Universität Wien)
Carmen Widera (Universität Konstanz)

16. Sprachwissenschaftliche Tagung für Promotionsstudierende, 25.-26. September 2020, virtuell an der Universität Wien.

gemeinsam mit Imane Sghiouar, Clara Comas Valls, Alessandro Nannini, Linda Bäumler & Paolo Izzo

Die STaPs ist eine Tagung von Promotionsstudierenden für Promotionsstudierende. Im Gegensatz zu fachwissenschaftlichen Konferenzen liegt der Fokus der STaPs nicht primär auf inhaltlichen Themen und (Teil-)Ergebnissen der Dissertation, sondern auf dem Davor und Dazwischen der methodischen Problemfelder.

Vorgestellt werden empirisch orientierte Projekte aus allen Bereichen der Linguistik (theoretische und deskriptive Linguistik sowie Psycho-, Neuro-, Sozio- oder Computerlinguistik, synchron wie diachron). Das Programm wird durch Workshops zu Statistik mit R und linguistischen Methoden (Diskurslinguistik), sowie Keynote-Vorträge (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Elton Prifti & Mag. Dr. Katharina Korecky-Kröll) ergänzt.