Date: March 28-29, 2019
Location: Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany)
The 2nd LiDi conference focuses on Grammaticality Judgments & Language Awareness.
So far, grammaticality judgments are mostly ignored in language teaching and only indirectly considered in the context of addressing grammatical errors. As phrases or sentences in most textbooks are labeled as either grammatically correct or incorrect, it is not surprising that many students feel that the concept of grammaticality is a binary one.
In modern linguistics, however, it is well known that this notion of grammaticality does not correspond to what we can observe in (psycho)linguistic studies on grammaticality. The 2nd LiDi meeting starts out from the hypothesis that it can be extremely helpful for students’ language awareness to address linguistic phenomena at the borderline of grammaticality, in order to
I. illuminate this conceptual notion from a current scientific perspective and
II. to also impart different empirical methods to measure grammaticality. Taking these points into consideration, students’ perception of language as a whole can be considerably improved and sharpened.