Conference: BUCLD 45 (online)

  1. The organizing committee has decided to move BUCLD 45 to a VIRTUAL CONFERENCE after thorough consideration of the current situation of COVID-19, and the valuable feedback from our BUCLD community. Further information will be announced in due course. Stay tuned!
  2. We look forward to receiving your abstract submission. Please be reminded that the deadline for abstract submission is May 15th, 2020, 8:00 PM (EST). More information HERE.
  3. SLD is not holding a symposium this year. For more information please visit the SLD website.

The 45th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD) will be hosted on November 5-8, 2020.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Reiko Mazuka (RIKEN Center for Brain Science)

Plenary speaker : Dr. Adele Goldberg (Princeton University)

Conference website:

Call for symposium proposals

  • We are currently soliciting 1000-word proposals for a 90-minute symposium at 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 to with “Symposium proposal” in the subject line.
  • DEADLINE: All symposium proposal submissions must be received by April 15, 2020. Symposium decisions will be made by June.

Call for abstracts

Submissions of 500-word abstracts for 20-minute talks and posters will be accepted beginning April 1, 2020 at:

  • DEADLINE: All abstract submissions must be received by 8:00 PM EST, May 15, 2020. Please note this is an earlier deadline than in previous years.
  • Submissions that present research on any topic in the fields of first, second, and additional language acquisition from any theoretical perspectives will be fully considered.
  • Abstracts must be limited to 500 words, with up to one extra page for examples, figures, tables, and references (for a total length of no more than two pages). A suggested format and style for abstracts is available at:

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.
  • Conference email:
  • (Also, if you are planning very far ahead: BUCLD 46 will be held November 4-7 2021.)