Conference: GALANA 9 (postponed, new dates TBD)

Announcement regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus:

Due to COVID-19, the GALANA-9 conference which was scheduled to take place in Reykjavík, Iceland on August 21-23, 2020 will be postponed.

Since it is still unclear if social distance measures and travel restrictions will also be in effect next year, the organizers are considering two options: either the conference will be held in Reykjavík and postponed to August 20-22, 2021, or we will host the conference online at an earlier date.

The final decision will be made in early September when we hope to know more about the development of the pandemic. If the conference will be hosted online instead of here in Iceland, we hope to have it at the end of this year or in early 2021. In any case GALANA-9 will take place either in Iceland or virtually.

We will honor the existing acceptances for talks and posters for the conference and we understand that adjustments may be made by presenters, given the extra year/months. In due course, we will be in touch with each presenter to obtain confirmation that they will still participate in the conference.

We regret that it has come to this and are sorry for the inconvenience.

Info on GALANA 9

The 9th bi-annual conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition ‒ North America (GALANA 2020) will be hosted by the Institute of Linguistics at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík, Iceland. Although this is the first time that GALANA is hosted outside North America, it will still take place on the North American tectonic plate, where the University of Iceland campus is located.

The GALANA conference features theoretically informed research on all types of language acquisition scenarios, including (but not limited to) monolingual first language acquisition, bilingual/multilingual first language acquisition, second language acquisition by children as well as adults, third language acquisition, acquisition of signed as well as spoken languages, language disorders, language acquisition in the presence of cognitive impairment and autism, the development of pidgins and creoles, and language attrition.

Conference website:

Invited speakers:

  • Dr. Nina Hyams – University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Dr. Marit Westergaard – The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
  • Dr. Sudha Arunachalam – New York University (NYU)

Call for Papers

Abstracts are due January 22, 2020. (23:59 Pacific Standard Time)

Authors will be notified of acceptance by March 10.

GALANA-9 invites abstracts for oral and poster presentations.

We invite abstracts for original, unpublished generative research in all acquisition subfields: L1 acquisition (monolingual), L1 acquisition (bilingual/multilingual), L2 acquisition (children), L2 acquisition (adults), L3 acquisition, acquisition of signed languages, language disorders, acquisition in the presence of cognitive impairment and autism, the development of pidgins and creoles, and language attrition. Please indicate in the submission system if you want to be considered for an oral presentation, a poster presentation, or both. Oral presentations will be 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

Submission guidelines:

– Abstracts must be limited to 500 words (with an optional second page for examples, figures and references).
– Abstracts must be correctly prepared for double-blind peer review.
– Submissions are limited to one single-authored and one co-authored paper.
– Abstracts should be submitted at (EasyChair).

Questions should be directed to the conference e-mail:

The GALANA-9 organizing committee:

  • Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir
  • Iris Edda Nowenstein
  • Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir
  • Einar Freyr Sigurðsson
  • Anton Karl Ingason
  • Filippa Lindahl
  • Lilja Björk Stefánsdóttir
  • Tinna Frímann Jökulsdóttir
  • Þorbjörg Þorvaldsdóttir