Course modules

The Summer School will include the following five modules:

Researchers' workshop

The researchers' workshop offers participants the opportunity to present and discuss their work and receive constructive feedback from the renowned experts present at the summer school.

Workshop chair: Albert Costa (Pompeu Fabra University)

Participants attending the BSBM15 are kindly invited to submit their contributions for the researchers' workshop, which will be held on Monday afternoon from 15:30 to 19:00. Each contribution should use 15-20 minutes to present pre- or post-doctoral research either in progress or finished, and it will be followed by 5 minutes of discussion. The workshop chair will lead the discussion with the audience.

Proposals should be sent to - when you send the abstract, please make sure that both the subject of the e-mail and the name of the document contain the following information: "BSBM2015_NAME&SURNAME_workshop". The abstracts will be reviewed anonymously. Abstracts can have one or multilpe authors, and length should not exceed 200 words (excluding references).

There will also be a Poster session the same Monday from 14:30 to 15:30.

A certificate will be provided for each presenter.

Abstract submission deadline: March 20 2015

Notification of acceptance: April 1 2015


Monday, September 14

9:30 - 13:30
Learning two languages in the crib: Cognitive effects of bilingualism in infancy
Ágnes Melinda Kovács (Central European University, Budapest)
11:30: Coffee-break

15:30 - 19:00
Researchers' workshop: Albert Costa (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)  

Tuesday, September 15

9:30- 13:30
Studying the input in bilingual acquisition: methodological and theoretical considerations and implications
Annick De Houwer (University of Erfurt, Germany)
11:30: Coffee-break

13:30-15:00: Lunch-break

15:00 - 19:00
How does bilingualism affect utterance production and interpretation?
Istvan Kecskes (State University of New York, Albany)

Wednesday, September 16

9:30 - 13:30
How do the languages we speak shape the ways we think?
Lera Boroditsky (University of California, Santa Barbara)

11:30: Coffee-break
13:30-15:00: Lunch-break 

Thursday, September 17

9:30 - 13:30
Learning from heritage languages
Maria Polinsky (Harvard University)
11:30: Coffee-break

13:30 - 14:00
Certificates and closure

English will be the working language of the Summer  School