Program for PALA 2018
Topics and themes
Twenty years of Processability Theory (PT): Looking at and beyond PT.
Professor Catherine Best is the chair of Psycholinguistics and the director of research at MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University. Prof. Best's research and theoretical work has focused primarily on how adults' and infants' experience with their native language shapes their perception and production of the phonological elements of spoken words. Her research interest embraces also cross-language speech perception in late and early second-language bilinguals.
Manfred Pienemann is professor of linguistics at Paderborn University, Germany. He received a PhD in linguistics form Wuppertal University, Germany and an honorary doctorate from Lund University, Sweden. He has held appointments at universities in Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia, including the directorship of the Language Acquisition Research Centre at Sydney University and a professorial chair in applied linguistics at the Australian National University. He is a co-founder of PacSLRF and PALA and well as a co-editor of PALART (a series on PT published by John Benjamins). His research focuses on psycholinguistic aspects of (second) language acquisition and computational approaches to linguistic profiling.
Boping Yuan is a Reader in Language and Linguistics and a PhD supervisor at the University of Cambridge, and he directs the Chinese programme in Cambridge. He is also Fellow and Director of Studies in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Churchill College, Cambridge. His research interests are in linguistic approaches to second language acquisition, and he is currently working on second language interfaces between syntax-semantics, syntax-discourse, syntax-pragmatics, etc. He has published numerous papers in refereed international journals as well as in journals in China, which include: Language, Linguistics, Transactions of the Philological Society, Second Language Research, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Language Learning, International Review of Applied Linguistics, EUROSLA Yearbook, International Journal of Bilingualism, Chinese Language and Discourse, Lingua, 《外语教学与研究》,《世界汉语教学》, and《现代外语》. He is currently an executive member of the Executive Committee of the World Chinese Language Teaching Society, and he also serves as a member of editorial boards of a number of international and Chinese academic journals, which include: Second Language Research, International Review of Applied Linguistics, 《外语教学与研究》，《世界汉语教学》, and《现代外语》.
袁博平博士是剑桥大学语言及语言学Reader、博士生导师，主管剑桥大学的汉语教学。他同时还是剑桥丘吉尔学院院士、学术督导。他的研究方向是语言学理论及二语习得，他目前的研究领域是二语习得中的界面问题，特别是句法-语义、句法-语篇、句法-语用之间的界面在二语习得中的影响。他在国际学术刊物和中国的学术刊物发表过数十篇论文，这些学术刊物包括：Language, Linguistics, Transactions of the Philological Society, Second Language Research, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Language Learning, International Review of Applied Linguistics, EUROSLA Yearbook, International Journal of Bilingualism, Chinese Language and Discourse, Lingua 《外语教学与研究》，《世界汉语教学》, 《现代外语》等等。他目前是世界汉语教学学会理事会的常务理事，同时担任若干家中国和国际学术刊物的编委，其中包括Second Language Research, International Review of Applied Linguistics, 《外语教学与研究》，《世界汉语教学》, 《现代外语》 等等。
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