This virtual international symposium will bring together a wide range of people with an academic, cultural and political interest in bilingualism and multilingualism to address questions including:
- What is language and what is bilingualism and multilingualism?
- How do we produce language and how does the bilingual and multilingual mind process language?
- To what extent does Wales make the most of the intellectual, social and creative potential of its bilingualism?
- How do we unlock this potential to realise government goals of promoting a vibrant culture and achieving a million Welsh speakers by 2050?
The event will encompass lectures, panel discussions and interactive sessions by leading international experts and cultural practitioners. The symposium has been curated by a group of leading Welsh academics in the field, led by Professor Mererid Hopwood of University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
Confirmed speakers for the symposium include:
- Lǐ Wéi, Chair of Applied Linguistics at University College London
- Novelist and academic Patrick McGuinness
- David Gramling, associate professor of German Studies at the University of Arizona
- Antonella Sorace, Professor of Developmental Linguistics, University of Edinburgh
- Alison Phipps, Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts, University of Glasgow
The online event will run over three days, with a 90 minute morning session from 10.00, a lunchtime workshop, a 90 minute afternoon session from 14.00, and an hour-long evening session each day.
Registering once gives you access to every session, but participants are also welcome to attend the activities as stand alone events.