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Simone Pfenninger.

Simone Pfenninger is Associate Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Psycholinguistics in the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Her principal research areas are multilingualism, psycholinguistics and the age factor in SLA, especially in regard to quantitative approaches and statistical methods and techniques for language application in education.


It is well-known that experiences, beliefs, values, intentions, and meanings, as well as objects and events involved in the acquisition and use of multiple languages, both in the immediate situation and in broader social and cultural contexts, make up the causal context involved in the outcomes of language development.

In this talk I demonstrate how individual difference (ID) variables - such as biological factors (e.g. biological age and starting age), psychological factors (e.g. early bilingualism, literacy skills), and socio-affective factors (e.g. motivation, anxiety and attitudes), linguistic factors (e.g. cross-linguistic influence) - are sensitive to, and thus mediated by, social contexts and learning situations. We are also going to have a look at the core of most scientific investigations: causation, that is, cause-effect links as well as goals of inferential statistics. Because scientific studies are centrally concerned with causal relationships, a major question for multilingualism researchers is how to understand causation in the social world (we tend to seek to answer 'why' questions) and to avoid de facto generalizations.