"Early childhood: languages, multimodality, plurilingualism".

  • Category: Study days
  • Dates : March 15-18, 2023
  • Venue: Faculty of Education, 2 place M. Godechot, 34090 Montpellier (Philippides streetcar stop).

These study days, co-organized by the Universities of Le Mans and Montpellier
(Faculty of Education) and the AFaLaC association, focus on early childhood, a crucial period in the development of the individual, particularly in terms of language and socialization, a fortiori in contexts of migration or, more broadly, language contact. We would like to consider this theme from an interdisciplinary perspective, placing the question of language, understood in its multimodal reality, at the heart of our reflections and discussions.

Communication isn't just made up of words, it's multi-sensory and made up
of emotions. We know today just how much gestures, rhythm, rhymes and sounds, the musicality of words, voice, language and melody appeal to babies right from birth. Children's universal oral traditions, which set words to rhythm, play a part in transmission, building the link between the child and the world around him, and are a source of emotion.

Access to language and culture are closely interrelated. Culture is par excellence
that object of joint attention, the indispensable prerequisite for language, of which Bruner speaks. It is therefore important to defend for everyone the need to sing, read, dance, paint, draw or make music... In migration contexts, cultural supports have the same functions as transitional objects: they reassure and reassure.
Language of the heart, language of the body, doudou language, language that unites or separates,
identity marker language, it always develops in interaction with the adult...
What avenues does research open up for supporting parents and
professionals in their interactions with very young children? How can we help them to
develop their language and thus contribute to the establishment of a more egalitarian and inclusive society?

To answer these key questions in the field of early childhood,
interventions will all be based on empirical studies.

On the Le Mans site, only conferences are accessible by videoconference (after
registration and payment on the site by clicking here).

Presentations on the Montpellier site can be accessed remotely, but all
communications will be held on site. The Montpellier study days are
accessible free of charge. However, registration is required on the website (click on "Conférences en présentiel Montpellier", even for remote access).

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