Call for papers: BUCLD 45

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 1, 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 1, 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.)