International Association of Multilingualism

Morella Young Researchers

Symposium on Multilingualism (MYRSM) 2023

12-13 June 2023

Morella (Castelló, Spain)


Seven years after the very successful Young Researchers Symposium on Multilingualism (DISM) in Donostia in 2016, this new edition will take place in Morella, a medieval jewel near Castelló (Valencia, Spain). The Morella Young Researchers Symposium on Multilingualism (MYRSM) will bring together early career researchers (i.e. MA, PhD and Postdoc students) who work on multilingualism from different perspectives, be it cognitive, linguistic, sociolinguistic or educational. Senior scholars can also attend the symposium as co-authors of the work presented by young researchers. 

Submissions are solicited for 20-minute oral presentations or posters. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words. Authors’ names, affiliations and contact details should be included in a separate second document. Abstracts and the second document should be submitted to by January 28, 2023.

MYRSM will also include two sessions in which experienced researchers will give advice on academic career trajectories, work-life balance, research methodology, mentoring, paper reviewing processes, among other issues that may be of interest to early career researchers.


Morella is known as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain:

The symposium will take place at the city hall of Morella (Carrer de Segura Barreda, 28, 12300 Morella, Castellón).

You can find the city hall, and other important locations (such as hotels), here.

Final Programme MYRSM 2023

12-13 June (Morella, Castelló)

Monday, 12 June 2023




Learning from Experienced Researchers


Simone Pfenninger, Raphael Berthele & Eliane Lorenz

Work/life balance

Greg Poarch & Richard Nightingale

Conference dos and don’ts

Stela Letica Krevelj, Pernelle Lorette & Anna Krulatz


Morella Visit & Reception

Tuesday, 13 June 2023


MYRSM Opening


Short Oral Presentations: Session A

LOTE motivation among university students in Hungary

Bochra Kouraichi (University of Szeged)

Developing metalinguistic and cognate awareness through pedagogical translanguaging

Maria Remedio Coronel Blesa (Universitat Jaume I)

Investigating the Boomerang Correction Strategy: Written Corrective Feedback and Motivation in Young ESL Learners

Shoghig Kaloustian (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Anxiety and the language of instruction in the Basque Country: A study with primary school students

Irene Alonso Arruabarrena (University of the Basque Country)

The Effect of Pedagogical Translanguaging on Prospective Teachers’ Attitudes towards Multilingual Education

Gema Gayete Domínguez (Universitat Jaume I)

Developing Basque secondary students’ academic language skills through pedagogical translanguaging

Olatz Lucas Zubiaurre (Universidad del País Vasco)

Students and teachers’ beliefs towards the use of translanguaging in the EFL classroom

María Tirado García (Universitat Jaume I)

Developing academic writing skills in three languages 

Ane Lamarka Etxeberria  (Universidad del País Vasco)

Cross-linguistic influence in L3 lexical acquisition: the effect of psychotypology, source language proficiency, and mode of production on source language selection

Sara Serroukh (University of Münster)


Poster Presentations of SESSION A at Coffee Break


Short Oral Presentations: Session B

Gaelic-English bilingual secondary school students’ attitudes towards languages and multilingualism

Daniela Zaharcenco Talpa (Universitat Jaume I)

Resource or burden? Perceptions of multilingualism in an EU-funded education project for refugees in Turkey

Gulsah Turk-Yigitalp (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Does intensity of exposure to languages at school make a difference in students’ writing?

Irene Guzmán Alcón (Universitat Jaume I)

Two national minority languages in the lived experiences of pupils and pre-service teachers in northern Sweden

Theres Brännmark & Outi Toropainen (University of Technology, Sweden)

‘How do you say goodbye in a formal language?’: Engaging in the construction of metapragmatic knowledge.

Ignacio Martínez Buffa (Universitat Jaume I)

Family language policy: A case study of an English-Hungarian bilingual family in the UK

Zsófia Fülöp & Szilvia Bátyi (University of Hungary and Pannonia)

The management of multilingualism inside and outside the university: The case of international university staff in Catalonia and their families

Laia Enfedaque Cabanillas (Universitat de Barcelona)

Gender and Classroom Language Anxiety in the language learning processes of the Basque Country: is our job done?

Uxue Diez-Guiral, Jon Altuna Urdin & Alaitz Santos Berrondo (University of the Basque Country)




Short Oral Presentations: Session C

What kind of speakers are these? Discussing the ‘native speaker’ categorization in corpus design

Olga Lopopolo & Aivars Glaznieks (University for Foreigners of Perugia and Eurac Research, Bozen)

The levelling effect of CLIL: a study of the development of executive functions through bilingualism in CLIL as a means towards academic excellence amongst students of low SES

María Teresa Agulló Baldó (Universidad de Alcalá)

Multilingual repertoires and longitudinal development: English in the German secondary school context

Eliane Lorenz, Tugba Elif Toprak-Yildiz & Peter Siemund (University of Giessen and University of Hamburg)

Motivation and Pragmatic Strategy Instruction: An Investigation of Chinese Emergent Bilingual Learners’ Requests and Invitations

Su Lai (University of Nicosia)

Generational Family Language Policy Maintenance in Multilingual Emerging Adults

Leah L. Pagé & Kimberly A. Noels (University of Alberta)

How do young bilingual learners focus on English lexis in a collaborative task with visual-only input?

Kevin Iglesias-Diéguez, Francisco Gallardo-del-Puerto & María Martínez-Adrián (University of the Basque Country)

Word recognition in adolescent L2 and L3 learners of English: A comparison of cognate processing

Freya Gastmann, Sarah Schimke & Greg Poarch (LMU Munich and University of Groningen)


Poster Presentations of SESSION B & C at Coffee Break &




● Taxi directly to the city centre, takes around 30 minutes (approx. cost: 45€ - 55€)
● More information about transport here


● Taxi rank outside the main doors of the airport arrivals
● Taxis to the train station cost around 15€-20€


● Ticket type: “A-B Senzill” (around 5€ - rechargeable card)
● The journey to Xàtiva station takes around 25 minutes


● Ticket type: “Senzill/Sencillo”, destination Castelló, costs around 5.80€ (rechargeable ticket)
● Look for Castelló de la Plana (line C6) on the departures board
● Consult train times


● Regular buses to Morella leave from Bus Stop 12 in the central bus station
● Timetable: Monday to Friday - 10.15 and 15.30 (No service on Saturday-Sunday)
● Ticket costs around 8€ (buy it from the bus driver)


The organising committee will also provide a free bus from Castelló to Morella on the 12th June, leaving from the central bus station at 15.00h. There will also be a return bus from Morella to Castelló on the 14th June, leaving at 08.00h.


The symposium is organized by the International Association of Multilingualism (IAM) and University Jaume I de Castelló (UJI)

Scientific committee:

Raphael Berthele, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Anna Krulatz, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Stela Letica Krevelj, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Eliane Lorenz, University of Giessen, Germany

Pernelle Lorette, University of Mannheim, Germany

Richard Nightingale, University Jaume I de Castelló, Spain

Simone Pfenninger, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Greg Poarch, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Pilar Safont, University Jaume I de Castelló, Spain

Organizing committee:

Pilar Safont

Richard Nightingale

Laura Portolés

Irene Guzmán-Alcón

Ignacio Martínez-Buffa

Gema Gayete

María Tirado

Daniela Zaharcenco

Members of the LAELA Research Group


Abstract deadline: January 28, 2023

Notification of acceptance: February 28, 2023

Registration deadline: April 6, 2023 to ensure accomodation / April 28, 2023 otherwise.

Contact address:


The registration fee is 60€ for participants and 40€ for non-participants. You can complete the registration using this link.

Registration closes on April 28th. However, if you want us to arrange accomodation for you (see below), we ask you to register before April 6th to ensure accomodation for all participants.

Please note that Morella is a small town with limited accommodation options. We have arranged three hotels, El Cid (40,50€ single room / 73€ double room), Rey Don Jaime (54€ single room / 73 € double room) and Cardenal Ram (90€ double room). Rooms are allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis, so we kindly ask you to complete the registration as soon as possible in order to secure your reservation. The organising committee has blocked rooms in these hotels for 2 nights only (12th and 13th). If you wish to stay for longer, please contact the relevant hotel directly to arrange this.

Please select your preferred hotel and fill in the following details in the registration form:
● Days attending the symposium (Monday and/or Tuesday)
● Name of hotel
● Type of room (single or double)
● Number of nights (1 or 2), indicating which
● Reservation of the free bus service (see transport document)
● Food allergies (if any)

To register, please follow this link:!uji_formacion.inscripcion?p_ic=54ED38EE32AD7D852A05AFC57735AEFE


The International Association of Multilingualism has agreed to fund 10 grants (€400 each) for selected graduate student to attend the symposium.

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