Call For Papers Reminder

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Wed Apr 18 00:49:10 UTC 2007


NOVEMBER 2-4, 2007

Keynote Speaker:
Ellen Bialystok, York University
"Cognitive Effects of Bilingualism Across the Lifespan"

Plenary Speaker:
William O?Grady, University of Hawai?i at Manoa
"Does Emergentism Have a Chance?"

Lunch Symposium:
?Perspectives on the Production, Perception, and Processing of 
Grammatical Morphemes?
Katherine Demuth, Brown University
Anne Fernald, Stanford University
Lee Osterhout, University of Washington
Discussant: Virginia Valian, Hunter College, and CUNY Graduate Center

Submissions which present research on any topic in the fields of first 
and second language acquisition from any theoretical perspectives will 
be fully considered, including:

* Bilingualism
* Cognition & Language
* Creoles & Pidgins
* Dialects
* Discourse and Narrative
* Gesture
* Hearing Impairment and Deafness
* Input & Interaction
* Language Disorders (Autism, Down Syndrome, SLI, Williams Syndrome, etc.)
* Linguistic Theory (Syntax, Semantics, Phonology, Morphology, Lexicon)
* Neurolinguistics
* Pragmatics
* Pre-linguistic Development
* Reading and Literacy
* Signed Languages
* Sociolinguistics
* 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.


* Abstracts submitted must represent original, unpublished research.
* Abstracts should be anonymous, clearly titled and no more than 500 
words in length. Text of abstract should fit on one page, with a second 
page for examples, figures, or references. Abstracts longer than 500 
words will be rejected without being evaluated.
* Please note the word count at the bottom of the abstract. Note that 
word counts should not include the abstract title, figure or table 
titles, examples, or the list of references.
* A suggested format and style for abstracts is available at:
* Three examples of how to formulate the content of the abstract can be 
found at:
* The criteria used by the reviewers to evaluate abstracts can be found at:
* 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 
further assistance.
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
* Specific instructions for abstract submission are available on this website.
* 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. Note that this preference is 
not revealed to the reviewers, and thus is not considered in the review 
* 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 proceedings.


* All submissions must be received by 8:00 PM EST, May 15, 2007.
* Late abstracts will not be considered, whatever the reason for the delay.
* 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, 2007) to make these 


* Each abstract is blind reviewed by 5 reviewers from a panel of 
approximately 140
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, 2007.
* 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 requests.


Information regarding the conference may be accessed on the BUCLD website:
Boston University Conference on Language Development
96 Cummington Street, Room 244
Boston, MA 02215
Telephone: (617) 353-3085
e-mail: langconf at

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