Conference: BUCLD 42

The 42nd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development

November 3-5, 2017

Keynote Speaker: Jenny Saffran (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Plenary Speaker:  Núria Sebastián Gallés (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

We will be accepting two kinds of submissions: abstracts for 20-minute talks or posters (beginning April 1, due May 15), and symposium proposals (due April 15; see below.)

Call for abstracts

Submissions of 500-word 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, 2017.

Submissions that present research on any topic in the fields of first and second language acquisition from any theoretical perspectives will be fully considered.

Abstracts must be limited to 500 words, with one extra page for examples, figures, tables, and references. A suggested format and style for abstracts is available at:

Call for symposium proposals

We are also currently soliciting 1000-word 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.

Proposals should include a list of the participants, topics, and format, and should name at least one organizer.  Send submissions with “Symposium proposal” in the subject line.

Deadline: All symposium proposal submissions must be received by April 15, 2017. Decisions on symposia will be made by June.

Further information

General conference information is available at:

We encourage submissions from scholars in countries affected by the new travel restrictions. We will arrange remote presentation for accepted abstracts by scholars who are unable to attend for this reason.

Questions? Email us at:

BUCLD 2017 Organizing Committee
Boston University Conference on Language Development
96 Cummington Street, Room 244
Boston, MA 02215, U.S.A.