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Success of the Advances in Second/Foreign Language Acquisition (ASeFoLA) 2023 conference

The organising committee (Drs George Georgiou, Aretousa Giannakou, and Christine Savvidou) are pleased to report on the success of Advances in Second/Foreign Language Acquisition (ASeFoLA 2023) conference, which took place at the University of Nicosia on 9-10 June 2023.

The conference attracted a diverse and distinguished group of researchers from around the world. Through a rigorous selection process, the scientific committee, composed of 35 academics from more than 20 top universities around the world, ensured that only the highest quality research papers were accepted. The event brought together over 40 presenters, all renowned researchers and experts in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lithuania, Namibia, Norway, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the US. The conference not only showcased the latest developments in bi-/multilingual, second and foreign language acquisition, but also provided ample opportunities for networking and international collaboration.

The conference was honoured to have three excellent plenary sessions from our colleagues who presented their cutting edge research in linguistics: Dr Cristóbal Lozano (University of Granada) presented on Triangulating corpus and experimental data in bilingualism: The case of anaphora resolution; Dr Valantis Fyndanis (CUT/ University of Oslo) presented on Multilingualism and verbal short-term/working memory: Evidence from university professors and researchers; and, Prof. Maria Economidou-Kogetsidis (UNic) presented on Second language email pragmatics and Greek EFL learners: Student-faculty emails and pragmatic judgments. The three keynote sessions were also livestreamed to colleagues and students overseas.

This was a rewarding academic experience for all participants and success was ensured by the support of the University of Nicosia and colleagues at every level of the organisation. The organisers are especially grateful for the wholehearted support offered by the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor Klimis Mastoridis, the Head of Department of Languages and Literature, Professor Polina MacKay, and the Marketing Department, without which, this conference would not have been possible. They are also grateful for the collaboration and support from OLSU, the Computer Centre, Events, and numerous colleagues throughout UNic.

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