Conference: BUCLD 40

The 40th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development: Nov. 13-15, 2015.

Keynote speaker: Lila Gleitman (University of Pennsylvania).


Two kinds of submissions will be accepted: abstracts for 20-minute talks or posters (due May 15), and symposium proposals (due April 15; see below.)


Submissions of abstracts for 20-minute talks and posters will be accepted beginning April 1 at:

DEADLINE.  All abstract submissions must be received by 8:00 PM EST, May 15, 2015.

Abstracts must be limited to 500 words, with one extra page for examples, figures, tables, and references. Submissions that present research on any topic in the fields of first and second language acquisition from any theoretical perspectives will be fully considered, including but not limited to: Artificial Languages, Bilingualism, Cognition & Language, Creoles & Pidgins, Dialects, Discourse and Narrative, Gesture, Hearing Impairment and Deafness, Input & Interaction, Language Disorders, Linguistic Theory, Neurolinguistics, Pragmatics, Pre-linguistic Development, Reading and Literacy, Signed Languages, Sociolinguistics, and Speech Perception & Production.

A suggested format and style for abstracts is available at:


We are also soliciting proposals for 90-minute symposia for the Boston University Conference on Language Development on any topic likely to be of broad interest to the conference attendees. The symposium format is open, but has frequently included 2-3 speakers presenting research from differing angles on a common theme. 

Proposals should include a list of the participants, specific topics, and a specification of the format, and should name at least one organizer who will be able to work with the BUCLD organizing committee in setting up the symposium.  Submissions can be sent by email to with “Symposium proposal” indicated in the subject line.  Please limit symposium proposals to 1000 words or fewer.

DEADLINE: All symposium proposal submissions must be received by April 15, 2015.

Decisions on symposia will be made by June.


General conference information is available at:

Questions about abstracts should be sent to