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Interview & Registration Announcement

As part of a planned newsfeed up and until the conference, we will be publishing interviews with each of the conference keynote speakers. Kicking off these news bulletins is conference host and LUCL Academic Director Professor Niels Schiller. We would like to also take this opportunity to announce that registration is open as of the 1st of June.

Interview with Niels Schiller

Please introduce yourself

My name is Niels Schiller. I am a cognitive neuroscientist and experimental linguist working in the area of cognitive neuroscience of language including psycho- and neurolinguistics. My main area of interest are the (neuro-)cognitive processes taking place during speech production (planning). Coming from behavioural psycholinguistics, I moved into cognitive neuroscience some 15 years ago. For more than ten years, I carry out bi- and multilingualism research.

Why did you decide to host COM2019 at LUCL this year?

The Conference On Multilingualism has become an important annual meeting for the exchange of the latest research findings on multilingualism. As such I have been to several meetings held in European countries over the last ten years or so. Since the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is home to and participates in several NWO and EU-funded research projects on multilingualism, hosting COM2019 seems very natural.

Which area within COM2019 are you particularly interested in?

Although I have a broad interest in multilingualism, my heart really beats faster when it comes to neurocognitive research on multilingual language processing. A lot of work is carried out in the area of neuroimaging, but I am also particularly interested in electrophysiological research.

In your opinion, what would make COM2019 a successful event?

Last year, the field of multilingualism suffered a big loss with Albert Costa suddenly passing away way too early just before COM2018. COM2019 will be dedicated to Albert’s memory and we will commemorate him during the conference. This is an important task for COM2019 to fulfil. Besides that, I hope that especially the new generation of scholars in our field will make themselves visible by means of great poster presentations and talks, and by forming new collaborations.

Niels Schiller
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