NOVEMBER 7–10, 2019

Invited speakers:

  • Keynote speaker (Friday, Nov. 8th): Cynthia Fisher (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Plenary speaker (Saturday, Nov. 9th): Jan Edwards (University of Maryland)
  • Student workshop presenter (Thursday, Nov. 7th): Sudha Arunachalam (New York University)

The Society for Language Development’s Annual Symposium will be on Thursday, November 7th from 1pm to 6pm.

Call for Symposium Proposals:

We are currently soliciting 1000-word proposals for 90-minute symposia for 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, 2019. Decisions on symposia 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, 2019 at:

DEADLINE:  All abstract submissions must be received by 8:00 PM EST, May 1, 2019.  Please note this is an earlier deadline than in previous years.

Submissions that present research on any topic in the fields of first and second language acquisition from any theoretical perspectives will be fully considered.

Abstracts must be limited to 500 words, with one extra page for examples, figures, tables, and references. A suggested format and style for abstracts is available at:

Questions should be sent to

Boston University Conference on Language Development
96 Cummington Mall, Room 246
Boston, MA 02215

(Also, if you are planning very far ahead: BUCLD 45 will be held November 5–8, 2020.)