LAMiNATE Newsletter 2023.2

Welcome to this second newsletter of 2023! We are happy to report on the results of the member questionnaire. Following up on the questionnaire, we announce some new activities. We also have the name of the LAMiNATE post doc and much more.

Happy reading!
Marianne Gullberg & Jonas Granfeldt (Platform leaders) 
Maria Graziano & Frida Splendido (Platform coordinators) 


  • The LAMiNATE Questionnaire
  • LAMiNATE Talks
  • Lunch Seminars
  • Conference Round-up
  • LAMiNATE Post doc
  • Did you know … ?
  • The Modern Language Teacher Day
  • Save the date: Luciafika 12 December
  • Publications


The LAMiNATE Questionnaire

Thank you for your replies to the questionnaire! Your input has given us important information about your preferences for activities, as well as some new ideas. The chart below presents the answers to what activities members are interested in participating in. Looking ahead, we will focus on the activities associated with dark blue bars: LAMiNATE Talks, work in progress seminars, PhD presentations and post-seminar drinks.

Moving forward, we will also be recruiting the help of members to organise some of the activities, as a way to further strengthen the collaborative and community-driven side of the platform.


We were of course very happy to see that all members are interested in participating in LAMiNATE Talks! We have already hosted three talks after the summer and are now well into the autumn series. Two of the three past talks have been part of this term’s thematic block on L2 pronunciation instruction, organized by LAMiNATE members Gilbert Ambrazaitis and Frida Splendido.
As usual, most talks will be given online, but we do organise some hybrid events when the speaker can be at SOL. For the hybrid talks, we encourage local members to attend on campus if they can. Complete schedule and abstracts can be found on the LAMiNATE Talks page. Feel free to spread the word. Everyone is welcome to join!


Lunch Seminars

Two new activities that received positive feedback in the questionnaire were work in progress seminars and PhD student presentations. We will move forward with these ideas in the form of lunch or brown bag-seminars. This term, there will be two such seminars: one PhD student presentation and one work-in-progress seminar.

The PhD student presentation will be an introductory seminar of sorts and will take place on 21 November, 12:15–13:00. During this session, PhD students working on LAMiNATE-related topics will give five-minute introductions (no slides) to their thesis projects. We invite you to encourage your PhD students to sign up for this. They do so by sending an e-mail to The idea is to spread the word about ongoing LAMiNATE-related PhD projects as a way to include PhD students in the LAMiNATE community. We therefore hope that many LAMiNATErs will be able to join us, even those who are not currently supervising PhD students.

The work in progress seminar is a space for discussion of LAMiNATErs current research. It is of course a way for the presenter to get feedback and new perspectives on how their project can move forward (e.g. if it is stuck or if the data look particularly messy) but it is also a way for the audience to learn about ongoing LAMiNATE research. Our first work in progress seminar will be given by Anders Agebjörn and colleagues on 5 December, 12:15–13:00. You will receive more information as the date approaches!


Conference Round-up

Several LAMiNATE members were present at EuroSLA in Birmingham. The platform’s participation included one LAMiNATE poster: “Multilingual experience results in early noticing and resolution of translation ambiguity in vocabulary learning” (Lari-Valtteri Suhonen). There wer alos three oral presentations by LAMiNATErs: “Exploring the relationship between educational background, vocabulary learning strategy use, and vocabulary knowledge in immigrants learning L2 Swedish” (Anders Agebjörn and colleague), “The effect of expanding versus equal spacing practice on the deliberate learning of collocations” (Henrik Gyllstad and colleagues), and “Which aspects of visual motivation aid the implicit learning of signs at first exposure?” (Marianne Gullberg and colleagues). 

LAMiNATE was also represented at other conferences in late August–early September. Alastair Henry presented with a colleague on “Leveraging the potential of qualitative longitudinal research in SLA: participatory data, cartographic strategies and recursive techniques” at BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics) in York. Annika Andersson and a colleague gave a presentation at the the annual conference for EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association) in Lisbon: “On motivating children to learn a host language.”

LAMiNATE Post doc

Thank you to everyone who helped us spread the announcement of the LAMiNATE post doc position! We received many applications from interesting candidates. The final decision is now official: Henriette Arndt will start the position on November 1. Her project will compare three approaches to measuring everyday language exposure: the Experience Sampling Method (ESM), summative surveys and reflective diaries.

It's funding season!

It’s the time of year again when major national funding bodies will soon deliver their verdicts on applications for external funding. We know that LAMiNATErs have submitted applications this year too, and we would love to hear from you once/if you get funding so that we can share the good news. Fingers crossed everyone!

Did you know … ?

In our last newsletter we asked members to participate in a new outreach series by providing short texts on topics or questions of their expertise that would be of interest to the general public. We now have two such texts (in Swedish) on our website and two more are on their way. We know there are many more LAMiNATE areas to cover. Get in touch if you too want to participate!

The Modern Language Teacher Day

The Modern Language Teacher Day is an event where LAMiNATE researchers welcome modern foreign language teachers in Lund to an in-service training day. This year, the event will take place on 14 November. The morning offers research presentations on language acquisition and writing. In the afternoon participants will gather in “language groups” to discuss implications of the presentations for their own teaching. Thank you to the LAMiNATErs involved in organising this year's event!

Save the date: Luciafika 12 December

As we have already mentioned, many of you were interested in social, post-seminar events. One such event will take place after the last seminar of the term, on 12 December. You will get more information as the day approaches but for now, save the date!

Recent publications

Jonas Granfeldt, Susan Sayehli, Malin Ågren and colleagues' new paper: Granfelt, J., Erickson, G., Bardel, C., Sayehli, S., Ågren, M., & Österberg, R. (2023). Speaking French, German and Spanish in Swedish lower secondary school: A study on attained levels of proficiency. Apples - Journal of Applied Language Studies, 17(2), 91-121.

Alastair Henry and colleauge's new book: Henry, A. and MacIntyre, P.D. (2023). Willingness to Communicate, Multilingualism and Interactions in Community ContextsMultilingualism Matters. More information.

Henriette Arndt's new paper: Arndt, H.L. (2023). Behaviour, thoughts, and feelings: Informal second language learning through the lens of task engagement. In D. Toffoli, G. Sockett & M. Kusyk (Eds.): Language learning and leisure: Informal language learning in the digital age. De Gruyter Mouton.

Marianne Gullberg and colleagues' new paper: Arbona, E., Seeber, K., & Gullberg, M. (2023). The role of manual gestures in L2 processing: A simultaneous interpreting experiment. Frontiers in Psychology, 14(1188628).

Alastair Henry's new paper. Henry, A. (2023). Multilingualism and persistence in multiple language learning. The Modern Language Journal, 107 (1), 183-201. 

Alastair Henry and colleagues' new paper: Henry, A., Thorsen, C. & Uztosun, S. (2023). Exploring language learners’ self-generated goals: Does self-concordance affect engagement and resilience?  System, 112, 102971. 

Marianne Gullberg and colleagues' new paper: Berghoff, R., Gullberg, M., & Kootstra, G. J. (2023). Priming code-switches in non-shared-word-order utterances: Effects of lexical repetition and code-switching experience. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition

Marianne Gullberg's new paper: Gullberg, M. (2023). Gesture analysis in second language acquisition. In C. Chapelle (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (2nd ed.). Wiley-Blackwell.

Jonas GranfeldtMarianne Gullberg and colleague's new paper: Granfeldt, J., Gullberg, M., & Munoz, C. (Eds.). (2023). Special issue Input in Study Abroad and views from acquisition - Focus on constructs, operationalization, and measurement issues. Second Language Research, 39(1). 

Henrik Gyllstad & colleagues' new paper: Bardel, C., Gyllstad, H., &  Tholin, J. (2023). Research on foreign language learning, teaching, and assessment in Sweden 2012–2021. Language Teaching56(2), 223-260. doi:10.1017/S0261444823000022 

Henrik Gyllstad & colleagues’ new paper: Stewart, J., Gyllstad, H., Nicklin, C., & McLean, S. (2023). Establishing meaning recall and meaning recognition vocabulary knowledge as distinct psychometric constructs in relation to reading proficiency. Language Testing, 1-20. (E-pub ahead of print).

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