International Conference on Multilingualism and Language Acquisition
9-10 March 2023, University of Helsinki

Download the final conference programme here.

Conference venue: Metsätalo, Unioninkatu 40 / Fabianinkatu 39

Thursday, March 9


Registration, Metsätalo, 3rd floor


Opening, Metsätalo, room 6



Metsätalo, room 6


Cristina Flores (University of Minho in Braga)

What shapes heritage grammars? A look at linguistic and extra-linguistic factors






Session I A

Metsätalo, room 7

Session I B

Metsätalo, room 8

Session I C

Metsätalo, room 11


Sofia A. Sandqvist (University of Helsinki)

Español como lengua de herencia en Finlandia: Adquisición del género gramatical a edad preescolar

Robert Borges and Maciej Bandur (Polish Academy of Sciences)

Entrenchment and Conventionalization in Language Contact Scenarios

Miguel Pacheco (University of Bergen)

Synopsis of two initial speakers of Boruca in a Nordic environment


Patricia Carvalho Ribeiro (University of Helsinki)

Portuguese as a heritage language in contact with Finnish – sociolinguist factors affecting the acquisition of definite article

J. Clancy Clements (Indiana University)

The role of frequency and detectability in naturalistic subsequent language acquisition

Angela Bartens and Rita Eloranta (University of Turku, Hanken)

Could language apps help revive (near) extinct varieties of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world?


Babel Hajjar (City of Espoo)

Heritage Language Teaching in Finland: Pedagogical Approaches


Brechje van Osch, Merete Anderssen, Natalia Mitrofanova and Ludovica Serratrice ((UiT The Arctic University of Norway, University of Reading)

Cross-linguistic influence in L2: comparing offline and online measures.

Guillem Castañar (University of Helsinki)

Current trends in humour practices of Russian speakers in Estonia.



Esther Rinke (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Why certain linguistic structures are more challenging than others for bilingual speakers. The role of different types of linguistic complexity

Nadine Kolb, Merete Anderssen and Jason Rothman (UiT The Arctic University of Norway, University of Tromsø & University of Stavanger)

Heritage Language and Child Second Language Development in Refugee Contexts: Predictive processing in Syrian Arabic and German







Session II A

Metsätalo, room 7

Session II B

Metsätalo, room 8


Ana Espírito Santo (University of Lisbon)

Do native speakers and second language learners omit the preposition in European Portuguese for the same reason?


Toms Voits, Jubin Abutalebi, Vincent DeLuca, Jon Andoni Duñabeitia, Janine Rook and Jason Rothman (UiT The Arctic University of Norway)

Multilingual experience affects resting-state functional connectivity in (cognitive) aging


Fernanda Ziober (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Phonology vs. Morphosyntax in Guinea-Bissau language contact area

Yasmine Tachakourt (Mohammed V University in Rabat)

Simultaneous Speech Segmentation and Word Mapping using Statistical Learning in Monolinguals, Bilinguals and Multilinguals


Flavia Borges (University of Helsinki)

Portraits of critical literacies: a case study of Brazilian Portuguese language development in young adults

Julia Sjöberg (Uppsala universitet)

Non-prescriptive features in L2-speech: acceptability and language attitudes



Nélia Alexandre and Dominika Swolkien (University of Lisbon)

Cape Verde: a (special) case of societal bilingualism


Yanina Prystauka, Sergio Miguel Pereira Soares, Vince DeLuca and Jason Rothman (UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)

Effects of multilingual experience on oscillatory dynamics in working memory



Break and student poster session



Metsätalo, room 6


Salla Kurhila (University of Helsinki)

Language learning opportunities in multilingual workplace interaction





University reception

Main Building, University of Helsinki (entrance from the Senate Square)

Friday, March 10


Session III A

Metsätalo, sali 7

Session III B

Metsätalo, sali 11


Anna Kocher (KU Eichstätt)

The subject realization of German L2 speakers of Spanish

Franka Kermer (University of Turku)

Conceptual transfer in early simultaneous trilingualism: theoretical and methodological considerations


Danae Perez (Zurich University of Applied Sciences)

Swiss-German and English in contact: The mixed jargon of engineers in Switzerland

Maki Kubota, Satsuki Kurokawa, Vicky Chondrogianni, Stefanie Wulff and Jason Rothman (UiT The Arctic University of Norway, The University of Edinburgh, University of Florida, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

Change in referential expressions among Japanese-English bilingual returnee children: A five-year longitudinal study


Hans Giessen (Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce)

Grammatical Gender Assignments in French and in German – Consequences for Semantic Fillings?

Ruth Videsott (Free University of Bolzano/Bozen)

Overt and null subjects in children's bilingual acquisition in the Ladin context




Jade Sandstedt, Maki Kubota, Merete Anderssen, Øystein Vangsnes, Yanina Prystauka, Aleksandra Bogoiavlenskaia and Jason Rothman (UiT The Arctic University of Norway)

The distinct grammars of bilectal processing: evidence from ERPs






Metsätalo, sali 6

Jason Rothman (UiT, The Arctic University of Norway)

Bi-/Multilingualism on a spectrum: Individual differences matter for linguistic and neurocognitive outcomes






Session IV A

Metsätalo, sali 7

Session IV B

Metsätalo, sali 11


Gabriele Zanello (University of Udine)

 Multilingualism in secondary schools in Friuli: the case of Friulian

Jacek Kudera (Trier University)

Slavic societal multilingualism: How do Croatian native speakers understand other Slavic languages?


Laiene Olabarrieta-Landa, Diego Rivera, Thomas H. Bak, Esther Landa Torre, Juan Carlos López-Mugartza and Esperanza Vergara Moragues (Public University of Navarre, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria de Navarra, The University of Edinburgh, Federico Baraibar High School, Complutense University of Madrid)

Common misconceptions about bilingualism in teachers from Spain and potential factors associated to them


Eimear Geary (University of Cologne)

Multilingualism and the predictors of long-term linguistic knowledge retention: the role of motivation and the language learning experience



Bruno Costa, Jorge Pinto and Nélia Alexandre (University of Lisbon)

A dialogic approach to transculturing in multilingual/cultural L2 classes

Lois Atanes Barciela (University of Helsinki / University of Tampere)

El discurso referido en situaciones de comunicación bilingües en el marco teórico del cambio de código



Conference closing

Metsätalo, sali 7