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MDPI International Mother Language Day Webinar 2023

21 Feb 2023, 08:00 (CET)

Mother Tongue, Mother Language, Linguistics, Multilingualism
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Welcome from the Chair

In order to commemorate International Mother Language Day 2023 (, MDPI is launching a special webinar to encourage researchers to join together, take action, and raise awareness as to how the exchange of findings facilitates efforts for multilingual education.

Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance for people and planet. To promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism requires the rapid exchange of knowledge across different boundaries. We aim to encourage connection and collaboration among multilingual researchers and the international open access community.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you at the International Mother Language Day Webinar 2023. Please find below an up-to-date outline of presenters.

Conference Secretariat

Ms. Shun Li
MDPI Branch Office, Singapore

Speakers' Profiles

Prof. Dr. Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer

Prof. Dr. Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer is currently a full professor at the Faculty of Education at the University of Hamburg (Germany). She is Portuguese and completed her PhD at the Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal), in the domain of intercomprehension across Romance languages. Her research interests include pluralistic approaches to language teaching and learning, heritage language education, and arts-based approaches to language education and applied language studies.

Prof. Dr. Patrick Zabalbeascoa

Prof. Dr.Patrick Zabalbeascoa (ORCID0000-0002-4027-5178) is a full Professor in translation theory and audiovisual translation at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), where he has been lecturing in various subjects of translator training and research methodology since 1994. His PhD thesis, from 1993, entitled, Developing Translation Studies to Better Account for Audiovisual Texts and Other New Forms of Text Production, has been followed by many other research projects and publications in the field of audiovisual translation.

Prof. Dr. Natascha Müller

Prof. Dr. Natascha Müller holds the chair of Romance Linguistics at the University of Wuppertal, Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Studies. She graduated from Hamburg University. Her main research areas are: morphosyntax of Romance languages, multilingualism. Her special interest lies in acceleration effects in simultaneous multilingual children with radically different languages.





08:00 - 08:10 am

Prof. Dr. Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer
On International Mother Language Day... an ode to our languages! Plurilingual poetry in language teacher education

08:10 - 08:40 am

Prof. Dr. Patrick Zabalbeascoa
Portrayals of language variation and diversity in audiovisual fiction and challenges for their translation.

08:40 - 09:10 am

Prof. Dr. Natascha Müller
The Multilingual Linguistic Advantage: A language-as-resource view of early child multilingualism

09:10 - 09:40 am


09:40 - 10:00 am

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