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The 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism will be hosted in Singapore from 10-13 June 2013

The theme of the 9th ISB Symposium is 'Multilingualism', it reflects Singapore's status as a thriving language hub. Singapore is the essence of what ISB is all about as it is home to at least 20 different languages. Most Singaporeans are bilingual and many are multilingual. Due to its historical and geographical position as a meeting point of many cultures, the linguistic landscape of Singapore has long been fascinating to scholars for many decades. More importantly, Singapore is located at the heart of the world's most linguistically diverse region making it an excellent stage for the types of issues and debates we hear in ISB meetings.

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Special Workshop on Early Childhood Bilingualism


The main purpose of this special workshop sponsored by the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism is to highlight the potentials and challenges of raising bilingual children. The presenters are leading international experts whose main area of expertise is childhood bilingualism. Participants of this workshop will have the rare opportunity to share their experiences and to learn from distinguished leaders in the field. Local participants will enjoy substantial subsidies to attend this special workshop. They will also have the opportunity to sit in on the over 400 paper and poster sessions of ISB9 covering a wide range of topics from childhood bilingualism to sign language during the 4-day symposium. (Read more)

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Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
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12 March 2014
ISB10 will be hosted by Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA from 20-24 May 2015. Interested participants can check out their website at for further updates and announcements.
1 August 2013
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18 June 2013
Congratulations to our poster prize winners:

First Prize
Carissa Kang and Barbara Catherine Lust
Cross-Cultural Study Reveals Bilingual Advantage Across Language and Socioeconomic Status: New Evidence from Singapore Malay 4–6 Year Olds

Second Prize
Barbara T. Conboy, Alexis Bosseler, Stephanie Grasso and Debra Mills
Brain Measures as Predictors of Language Growth in Bilingual Toddlers

Third Prize
Xinxin Li and Kit Sum Carol To
Mandarin Tone Perception in English and Cantonese Speakers

The poster prize is sponsored by Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, published by Cambridge University Press.
14 June 2013
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4 June 2013
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Last edited 18 June 2013

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