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Sat Dec 15 2012

Calls: Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics/UK

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 14-Dec-2012
From: Ludovica Serratrice <serratricemanchester.ac.uk>
Subject: Child Language Seminar
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Full Title: Child Language Seminar
Short Title: CLS

Date: 24-Jun-2013 - 25-Jun-2013
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Jenny Freed
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.psych-sci.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/events/cls2013/

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 17-Jan-2013

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

Final Call for Papers:

Please note that the abstract submission deadline for the Child Language Seminar 2013 has been extended to 17 January 2013. Notification of acceptance/rejection of abstracts will therefore now be on 6 February 2013.

Proposals are invited for papers and posters related to all aspects of child language acquisition and disorders. There are no key themes for CLS 2013 as we want to encourage proposals covering the full breadth of research relating to child language learning and developmental language disorders. To illustrate, proposals will be considered on children’s first, simultaneous and/or subsequent language development, in areas such as grammar, phonology, lexicon, pragmatics, discourse, literacy, sign language, and psycholinguistic processing.

The CLS is a peer-reviewed research conference and all proposals will be reviewed anonymously by the abstract committee.

Full abstract submission guidelines can be found on the website (http://www.psych-sci.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/events/cls2013/). In particular, please note that you can submit more than one abstract as first author but each person is only allowed to present one paper (i.e. someone other than the first author would need to present the additional papers). We are more flexible when it comes to posters. You can present a poster as well as a paper (or more than one poster). However, if we do not have enough space for all of the posters reviewed favourably by the abstract committee then we reserve the right to limit the number of posters presented by the same person.

Presentation Format:

Proposals should indicate whether an oral presentation or poster is preferred. The organising committee views both formats as having equal value but reserves the right to switch formats to suit the programme. Presenters will be notified about the final format of their presentation at the time their proposal is accepted.

Proposal Format:

Proposals must be written in English and include the following:

1. Cover Page:

- Title of presentation
- Authors’ names and affiliations
- Name, address, telephone number and email address of contact person
- Preferred presentation format (oral presentation or poster)

2. Abstract:

- Title of presentation
- Summary of research undertaken (300 words maximum, single spaced). One figure or table and up to 3 references may be added and will not be included in the word count.
(Do not include authors’ names)

Submitting Proposals:

Proposals must be submitted in either MS Word or RTF format with paper size set to A4 and submitted as an attachment to an email (not as part of the mail body of the email) to Jenny.FreedManchester.ac.uk using ‘CLS Abstract Submission’ as the subject of the email. You will receive an email back confirming receipt of your abstract.

Key Dates:

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 17 January 2013
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 6 February 2013
Registration opens: 1 February 2013
Programme published on website: 1 April 2013
Early registration deadline (reduced fee): 30 April 2013
Registration and wine reception: Sunday 23 June 2013
CLS conference: 24-25 June 2013
Conference dinner: 24 June 2013

Further Information:

Further details will be added to the website in due course (http://www.psych-sci.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/events/cls2013/). You can also follow CLS on Twitter (CLSManchester). This will be updated as more information becomes available.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for further information about the CLS or if you have any queries please email: Jenny.FreedManchester.ac.uk.

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