Proceedings from the CALS conference 2014
Edited By Kristina Cergol Kovačević and Sanda Lucija Udier
It is our great pleasure to present this book of proceedings which encompasses a selection of twenty papers presented at the 28th international annual conference of the Croatian Applied Linguistics Society entitled Multidisciplinary Approaches to Multilingualism, held at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb from 25 to 27 April 2014. The proportions of the event confirmed the current importance and appeal of the topic of multilingualism to the scholars working in the field of applied linguistics. The conference hosted a great number of participants, near one hundred presentations, and produced two conference proceedings – one published in Croatia and comprising 35 papers, and this volume aimed at an international audience and placing a number of Croatian-based considerations into multilingualism onto the international scene. In this volume, the authors’ reflections on multilingual issues fall into four major areas of investigation: 1) bilingual and multilingual studies focusing on research in foreign, second language and lingua franca issues, 2) language policy and planning, 3) translation studies, lexis and lexical relations and 4) experimental research into language processing.
The first strand focuses on English, Croatian, and French as foreign languages as well as the repercussions the knowledge of the omnipresent English language has on the speakers’ other foreign languages and their mother tongues.
The first two papers in this section deal with the formal and informal exposure to the English language and the effect such exposure has on learners’ English language proficiency.
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