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Conference Information

Full Title: Child Language Seminar

Short Title: CLS
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Start Date: 24-Jun-2013 - 25-Jun-2013
Contact: Jenny Freed
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL:
Meeting Description: The next Child Language Seminar will be held at The University of Manchester on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 June 2013 (with registration and wine reception on the evening of Sunday 23 June).

The Child Language Seminar (CLS) is an interdisciplinary conference with a long tradition which attracts a diverse international audience of linguists, psychologists and speech-language therapists. It provides a forum for research on language acquisition and developmental language disorders.

The keynote speakers will be:

Professor Catherine Snow, Harvard University
Professor Mike Tomasello, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
Professor Julian Pine, University of Liverpool
Dr Courtenay Norbury, Royal Holloway College, London


The registration fees are now listed on the CLS website. We are offering an early registration discount (deadline 30 April 2013) and a discount for students. Registration will open on 1 February 2013.

CLS Venue:

The CLS 2013 will be hosted by the Language Development and Disorders Research Group in the School of Psychological Sciences at The University of Manchester. The University of Manchester is the UK’s largest single-site University. As an internationally recognised research-led institution, our teaching and learning programmes are informed by the latest research findings delivered by staff at the leading edge of their fields.

The Language Development and Disorders Research Group is a multidisciplinary team of researchers working to develop our understanding of the factors, processes and mechanisms involved in successful language learning and in speech and language disorders. The research interests of the group focus on four main themes: Typically developing children’s early language development and the linguistic environment, specific language impairment (SLI), social communication and pragmatics intervention research, phonological representations and developmental speech disorders.


Manchester is a vibrant, cosmopolitan, culturally diverse city. It is notable for its sport, museums, galleries, theatres, music scene and shopping, offering something for everyone. Manchester is easily accessible by train (just 2 hours from London). There are direct flights from Manchester International Airport to all major European cities, and many long-haul flights are also available from Manchester.


There are many excellent places to stay in Manchester and good public transport links to and from the University. We are asking delegates to book their own conference accommodation. We have managed to secure preferential rates at a few hotels to suit a range of budgets. These hotels are all within walking distance of the conference venue and Manchester Piccadilly train station. Details have now been added to the CLS website. Please follow the link on the website to make a booking.

CLS Organising Committee:

Jenny Freed, Elena Lieven and Catherine Adams
Linguistic Subfield: Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics
LL Issue: 23.5271

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