How your Contacts Shape your Language: From the Diffusion of Lexical Innovation to Second Language Acquisition

Michał B. Paradowski, Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw
12:00 pm, Wednesday, April 19, 2023
113 Brogden Psychology Building

Abstract: Social networks play a vital role in the attainment of individuals. The talk will demonstrate how social network analysis (SNA) can shed light on phenomena from the social spread of neologisms online to the influence of peer interactions on second language learners’ attainment, basing on current examples from international student exchange programs to courses for Ukrainian refugees. Unlike most of the existing research that only tended to identify the micro-level of individual interactants’ egocentric networks, thus presenting an emic view only, we show how and why learner networks can be examined in their entirety, complementing an etic perspective. We will also illustrate the benefits of combining computational (quantitative) and anthropological (qualitative) SNA for mutually complementary perspectives.

About the speaker: Michał B. Paradowski is a professor and teacher trainer at the Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw, and a research and language teaching consultant. His interests include second language acquisition and instruction, social network analysis, psycholinguistics, bi- and multilingualism, English as an international language, and remote language learning and teaching. He has given over 220 invited lectures, seminars and workshops in Europe, America, Asia, Oceania and Africa. Michał is currently PI of the following projects:,, and

Sponsors: Department of Psychology (Cognitive and Developmental Psychology Area Groups), Language Institute,and Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition