Eighth Heritage Language Research Institute

New edges and broader domains


June 1- 4, 2015
Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South S010, Harvard University

Co-directed by:
Maria Polinsky (Harvard)
Maria Luisa Parra (Harvard)


A tradition at the NHLRC, the Annual Heritage Language Research Institutes bring together researchers from language sciences and education to focus on fostering new research in heritage language and to promote the heritage language agenda in academia and society at large. Each institute centers on a particular theme - an area in language sciences, specific populations of heritage speakers, or new methodologies. Having already built a firm understanding of heritage language morphology and syntax, researchers at the current institute will push to expand our knowledge of heritage language structure by exploring domains in heritage language competence that have received little prior attention.

Topics covered are: the phonological and prosodic competence of heritage speakers (lectures by Rao, Laleko, and Polinsky), heritage speakers’ control of socio-cultural language norms (lectures by He, Lynch, Pascual, and Parra), and heritage speakers’ awareness of linguistic variation in their home language (lectures by Carreira, Pascual, and Parra). Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian and Korean are just some of the languages considered by the institute presenters. A novel component of the Institute includes an invited presentation by a student researcher; this year’s presentation will be given by Ken Mai on his work on Cantonese.


Registration deadline: May 29, 2015
Institute registration fee: $100 (faculty), $50 (student)
Workshop registration fee: $75 (workshop only), $25 (workshop + institute)