Conference: GALA 14

The 14th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition conference (GALA 14) will be held at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy on September 12-14, 2019.

GALA is a biannual conference that brings together researchers from across Europe and overseas, providing a forum for discussion of recent, high-quality research on first and second language acquisition, bi/multilingual acquisition, heritage language acquisition, language pathology and language impairment, acquisition of sign language and brain imaging research for acquisition and pathology.

The growing body of research in these areas testifies how language acquisition studies are central for our understanding of human language and how it develops in the brain, and offers novel insights to theoretical studies, as well as hints for practical outcomes for diagnosis, intervention and rehabilitation in the case of developmental language disorders.

Conference website:

Keynote speakers

  • Luca Bonatti – Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Rosalind Thornthon – Macquarie University
  • Jeannette Schaeffer​ – Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Theo Marinis – University of Konstanz

Call for papers:

Submission of Abstracts

We invite abstract submissions for 30-minute oral presentations (20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for discussion) or posters (the maximum size for posters will be A0) of original, unpublished work on all subfields of generative language acquisition, including, but not limited to: L1 and L2 acquisition, heritage language acquisition, language pathology, language impairment, sign language.

The language of the conference will be English.

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). Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author, or two joint abstracts per author. Upon submission, please indicate whether your work should be considered for an oral presentation or for a poster (or both). Abstracts should be submitted in PDF format via EasyChair.

Important dates:

Abstract Submission opens: 15th January 2019
Abstract Submission closes (extended): 24th March 2019
Notification of acceptance: 15th April 2019