BUCLD 31 - Call for papers
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Tue Mar 21 19:38:56 UTC 2006
CALL FOR PAPERS
THE 31st ANNUAL BOSTON UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
NOVEMBER 3-5, 2006
Roberta Golinkoff, University of Delaware
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Temple University
"Breaking the Language Barrier: The View from the Radical Middle"
Jürgen M. Meisel, University of Hamburg & University of Calgary
“Multiple First Language Acquisition:
A Case for Autonomous Syntactic Development in the Simultaneous
Acquisition of More Than One Language”
“Future Directions in Search of Genes that Influence Language:
Phenotypes, Molecules, Brains, and Growth”
Mabel Rice, University of Kansas
Helen Tager-Flusberg, Boston University
Simon Fisher, University of Oxford
Discussant: Gary Marcus, New York University
All topics in the fields of first and second language acquisition from
all theoretical perspectives will be fully considered, including:
* Cognition & Language
* Creoles & Pidgins
* Exceptional Language
* Hearing Impairment and Deafness
* Input & Interaction
* Language Disorders
* Linguistic Theory (Syntax, Semantics, Phonology, Morphology, Lexicon)
* Literacy & Narrative
* Pre-linguistic Development
* Signed Languages
* Speech Perception & Production
Presentations will be 20 minutes long followed by a 10 minute question
period. Posters will be on display for a full day with two attended
sessions during the day.
ABSTRACT FORMAT AND CONTENT
Abstracts submitted must represent original, unpublished research.
Abstracts should be anonymous, clearly titled and no more than 450
words in length. They should also fit on one page, with an optional
second page for references or figures if required. Abstracts longer
than 450 words will be rejected without being evaluated. Please note
the word count at the bottom of the abstract. Note that words counts
need not include the abstract title or the list of references.
A suggested format and style for abstracts is available at:
An excellent example of how to formulate the content of the abstract
can be found on the LSA website at:
The criteria used by the reviewers to evaluate abstracts can be found
All abstracts must be submitted as PDF documents. Specific instructions
for how to create PDF documents are available at:
If you encounter a problem creating a PDF file, please contact us for
Please use the first author's last name as the file name (eg.
Smith.pdf). No author information should appear anywhere in the
contents of the PDF file itself.
Electronic submission: To facilitate the abstract submission process,
abstracts will be submitted using the form available at the conference
website at http://www.bu.edu/linguistics/APPLIED/BUCLD/abstract.htm.
Specific instructions for abstract submission are available on this
Abstracts will be accepted between April 1 and May 15.
Contact information for each author must be submitted via webform. No
author information should appear anywhere in the abstract PDF.
At the time of submission you will be asked whether you would like your
abstract to be considered for a poster, a paper, or both.
Although each author may submit as many abstracts as desired, we will
accept for presentation by each author: (a) a maximum of 1 first
authored paper/poster, and (b) a maximum of 2 papers/posters in any
authorship status. Note that no changes in authorship (including
deleting an author or changing author order) will be possible after the
review process is completed or for publication in the conference
All submissions must be received by 8:00 PM EST, May 15, 2006.
Late abstracts will not be considered, whatever the reason for the
We regret that we cannot accept abstract submissions by fax or email.
Submissions via surface mail will only be accepted in special
circumstances, on a case by case basis. Please contact us well in
advance of the submission deadline (May 15, 2006) to make these
Each abstract is blind reviewed by 5 reviewers from a panel of
approximately 100 international scholars. Further information about the
review process is available at
Acknowledgment of receipt of the abstract will be sent by email as soon
as possible after receipt. Notice of acceptance or rejection will be
sent to first authors only, in early August, by email. Pre-registration
materials and preliminary schedule will be available in late August,
If your abstract is accepted, you will need to submit a 150-word
abstract including title, author(s) and affiliation(s) for inclusion in
the conference handbook. Guidelines will be provided along with
notification of acceptance.
Abstracts accepted as papers will be invited for publication in the
BUCLD Proceedings. Abstracts accepted as posters will be invited for
publication online only, but not in the printed version.
All conference papers will be selected on the basis of abstracts
submitted. Although each abstract will be evaluated individually, we
will attempt to honor requests to schedule accepted papers together in
group sessions. No schedule changes will be possible once the schedule
is set. Scheduling requests for religious reasons only must be made
before the review process is complete (i.e. at the time of submission).
A space is provided on the abstract submission webform to specify such
Information regarding the conference may be accessed on the BUCLD
Boston University Conference on Language Development
96 Cummington Street, Room 244
Boston, MA 02215
Telephone: (617) 353-3085
e-mail: langconf at bu.edu
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