LINGUIST List 15.903

Wed Mar 17 2004

Calls: Lang Acquisition/USA

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Message 1: Boston University Conference on Language Development

Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 11:04:29 -0500 (EST)
From: langconf <>
Subject: Boston University Conference on Language Development

Boston University Conference on Language Development 
Short Title: BUCLD 

Date: 05-Nov-2004 - 07-Nov-2004
Location: Boston, MA, United States of America
Contact: Seungwan Ha
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL: 

Linguistic Sub-field: Language Acquisition 

Call Deadline: 15-May-2004 

Meeting Description:

The conference includes about 90 papers and 40 posters in such areas
as theoretical approaches to language acquisition, cross-cultural
language development, second language development, language disorders,
and literacy development.



NOVEMBER 5, 6 & 7, 2004

Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth S. Spelke, Harvard University "Language and
Core Knowledge"

Plenary Speaker: Ken Wexler, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Investigations in the Development of Language"

Lunch Symposium
"Where does grammar come from? A debate on the nature of child
language acquisition"

Michael Tomasello, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Stephen Crain, University of Maryland - College Park

All topics in the fields of first and second language acquisition from
all theoretical perspectives will be fully considered, including:

Cognition & Language
Creoles & Pidgins
Exceptional Language
Input & Interaction
Language Disorders
Linguistic Theory (Syntax, Semantics, Phonology, Morphology, Lexicon)
Literacy & Narrative
Pre-linguistic Development
Signed Languages
Speech Perception & Production

Presentations will be 20 minutes long followed by a 10 minute question
period. Posters will be on display for a full day with two attended
sessions during the day.


Abstracts submitted must represent original, unpublished research.

Abstracts should be anonymous, clearly titled and no more than 450
words in length. They should also fit on one page, with an optional
second page for references or figures if required. Abstracts longer
than 450 words will be rejected without being evaluated. Please note
the word count at the bottom of the abstract. Note that words counts
need not include the abstract title or the list of references.

A suggested format and style for abstracts is available at the
conference website:

All abstracts must be submitted as PDF documents. Specific
instructions for how to create PDF documents are available at the

Free services/software for creating PDF documents are available from:
(free trial: five free documents)

If you encounter a problem creating a PDF file, please contact us for
further assistance.

Please use the first author's last name as the file name
(eg. Smith.pdf). No author information should appear anywhere in the
contents of the PDF file itself.


Electronic submission: To facilitate the abstract submission process,
abstracts will be submitted using the form available at the conference

Specific instructions for abstract submission are available on this

Abstracts will be accepted between March 15 and May 15.

Contact information for each author must be submitted via webform. No
author information should appear anywhere in the abstract PDF.

At the time of submission you will be asked whether you would like
your abstract to be considered for a poster, a paper, or both.

Although each author may submit as many abstracts as desired, we will
accept for presentation by each author: (a) a maximum of 1 first
authored paper/poster, and (b) a maximum of 2 papers/posters in any
authorship status. Note that no changes in authorship (including
deleting an author or changing author order) will be possible after
the review process is completed.

DEADLINE: All submissions must be received by 8:00 PM EST, May 15,

Late abstracts will not be considered, whatever the reason for the

We regret that we cannot accept abstract submissions by fax or email.

Submissions via surface mail will only be accepted in special
circumstances, on a case by case basis.


Each abstract is blind reviewed by 5 reviewers from a panel of
approximately 80 international scholars. Further information about the
review process is available at:

Acknowledgment of receipt of the abstract will be sent by email as
soon as possible after receipt. Notice of acceptance or rejection will
be sent to first authors only, in early August, by
email. Pre-registration materials and preliminary schedule will be
available in late August, 2004.

If your abstract is accepted, you will need to submit a 150-word
abstract including title, author(s) and affiliation(s) for inclusion
in the conference handbook. Guidelines will be provided along with
notification of acceptance.

Abstracts accepted as papers will be invited for publication in the
BUCLD Proceedings. Abstracts accepted as posters will be invited for
publication online only, but not in the printed version.

All conference papers will be selected on the basis of abstracts
submitted. Although each abstract will be evaluated individually, we
will attempt to honor requests to schedule accepted papers together in
group sessions. No schedule changes will be possible once the schedule
is set. Scheduling requests for religious reasons only must be made
before the review process is complete (i.e. at the time of
submission). A space is provided on the abstract submission webform to
specify such requests.


Information regarding the conference may be accessed at

Boston University Conference on Language Development
96 Cummington Street, Room 244
Boston, MA 02215

Telephone: (617) 353-3085

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