Conference: GALA 2015

The Laboratoire de Linguistique de Nantes (LLING) is pleased to announce the 12th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition conference (GALA 12) to be held at the University of Nantes, Nantes (France) on September 10-12, 2015.

The conference provides a forum for discussion of recent, high quality research on first and second language acquisition, bilingual acquisition, language pathology, the acquisition of sign language and brain imaging research for acquisition and pathology.

Conference Website:


Workshop 1: Heritage Language Acquisition. Native vs. Heritage vs. Second Language Acquisition
Invited Speakers:
Elabbas Benmamoun (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Maria Polinsky (Harvard University)
Co-organizer: Janet Grijzenhout (Baby Speech Lab (BSL), University of Konstanz)

Workshop 2: The Role of Prosody in Early Speech Perception
Invited Speaker:
Marina Nespor (International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA))
Co-organizer: Judit Gervain (LPP – UMR 8242, CNRS/Paris V)

Workshop 3: Acquisition of Causation: Culmination Entailments and Agency
Invited Speakers:
Angeliek van Hout (University of Groningen)
Nina Kazanina (University of Bristol)
Co-organizer: Fabienne Martin (University of Stuttgart)

Workshop 4: Segments & Interactions in Phonological Acquisition
Invited Speaker:
Eirini Sanoudaki (Bangor University)

Call for Papers:
For the Main Session, we invite abstract submissions for 30 minute oral presentations (including 10 minutes for discussion) or posters of original, unpublished work on all subfields of generative language acquisition: L1 acquisition, L2 acquisition, bilingualism, heritage language acquisition, language pathology, sign language, etc.

In addition to the Main Session, there will be four Workshops (see here). The submission rules for the Workshops are the same as those for the Main Session.

Submission guidelines:

Abstracts should not exceed one page in letter-size or A4 paper, with one extra page for examples, tables, figures and references, with 1 inch or 2.5 cm margins on all sides and 12 point font size. The abstract should have a clear title and should not reveal the name of the author(s). The abstracts must be uploaded as PDF attachments to the EasyChair site. Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author, or two joint abstracts per author.

When you submit your abstract on the EasyChair site, you will be asked to provide a short summary of the abstract. Upon submission, please indicate whether your work should be considered for an oral presentation (Main Session or one of the Workshops) or for a poster (or both). Submitting the same abstract to both the Main Session and to one of the Workshops is not allowed.

To submit an abstract, please go to the following EasyChair page:

Important dates:

Deadline for submissions: April 1st, 2015, 11:59 PM, CET
Notification of acceptance: May 12, 2015
Conference dates: September 10-12, 2015

If you have any further questions, please contact us at