The 45th annual Boston University conference on language development

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The 45th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, 5-8 November 2020

Keynote Speaker: Reiko Mazuka (RIKEN Center for Brain Science) 
Plenary Speaker: Adele Goldberg (Princeton University) 

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

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 2020. Symposium decisions will be made by June.

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

DEADLINE: All abstract submissions must be received by 8:00 PM EST, 1 May 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:

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:

Thank you,

BUCLD 2020 Organizing Committee

Boston University Conference on Language Development

96 Cummington Mall, Room 246

Boston, MA 02215




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