Keynote Speakers

Harald Clahsen (Postdam Research Institute for Multilingualism)


Harald Clahsen started his scientific career conducting research on first and second language acquisition (PhD, 1981) and research on developmental language disorders (Habilitation, 1987) at the University of Düsseldorf. In addition to multilingualism, grammatical processing, and language disorders, his research interests include theories of morphology and syntax. Between 1993 and 2011, he worked in the Department of Language & Linguistics at the University of Essex. He was awarded with an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship in 2010 and returned to Germany in 2011 to set up the new Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism. Prof. Clahsen has published 9 books and more than 120 research articles.

Milena Žic-Fuchs (University of Zagreb)


Milena Žic-Fuchs is a Croatian linguist and full member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.. She formerly served as the Croatian Minister of Science and Technology during 1999- 2000. In May 2002 she became associate member of the Crioatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU) and in May 2010 she was made full member of HAZU. In January 2009 she was appointed to a 3-year term as Chair of the Standing Committee for the Humanities with the European Science Foundation. She is credited with introducing cognitive linguistics into the Croatian linguistic community with her 1991 book Knowledge of Language and Knowledge of the World. In 2013 Milena Žic Fuchs was elected member of Academia Europaea.

Susan Gass (Michigan State University)


Susan Gass is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages. Her research is in Second Language Acquisition and includes the areas of Input and Interaction, Language Universals and Language Transfer. More recently she has become interested in the area of attention and how it relates to acquisition. She has written/edited a number of books on second language acquisition and has taught and lectured in various parts of the world. She co-edits Second Language Acquisition Research with Alison Mackey - published by Routledge Currently at MSU, she is the Director of the English Language Center, Co-Director of the Center for Language Education And Research, co-Director of the Center for Language Teaching Advancement and Director of the Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program. She recently served as President of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (2002-2008) and is Associate Editor of Studies in Second Language Acquisition. She has been invited to give lectures in Europe (most recently, Greece and Germany) and in Asia (most recently, Japan, S. Korea, China).

Paul Kei Matsuda (Arizona State University)


Paul Kei Matsuda is Professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing at Arizona State University. He is also Concurrent Professor of Applied Linguistics at Nanjing University and Zhengzhou University.

Paul has published widely on various topics on language, writing and professional development in applied linguistics, rhetoric and composition and TESOL, and has received a number of prestigious awards for his publications. He has presented keynote and plenary talks as well as invited lectures and workshops in various countries, including: Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and throughout the United States. Paul is Founding Chair of the Symposium on Second Language Writing and Series Editor of the Parlor Press Series on Second Language Writing. He has also served as the founding chair of the CCCC Committee on Second Language Writing and the chair of the Nonnative English Speakers in TESOL (NNEST) Caucus. He has served as the President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics and is currently the Immediate Past President.

Ben Rampton ( King's College London)


Professor of Applied and Socio Linguistics. My research involves ethnographic and interactional discourse analysis, cross-referring to work in anthropology, sociology and cultural studies. My publications cover language, urban multilingualism, youth, popular culture, ethnicities, class, language education and classroom discourse, second language learning, and research methodology. I teach on a range of courses in sociolinguistics, applied linguistics and research methods.