(last updated: 10:00, March 29, 2024)


In-Person with Online Participation Options

NOVEMBER 7th – 10th, 2024

Student Workshop Speaker Cindy Blanco (Duolingo – Learning & Curriculum)
Keynote Speaker Diane Lillo-Martin (University of Connecticut – Department of Linguistics)
Plenary Speaker Silvina Montrul (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – Department of Linguistics)

In response to the feedback we received from last year’s survey, we are pleased to announce that BUCLD 49 will take place in person, with options for remote participation. The current plan (subject to change) is as follows:
  • All invited presentations (keynote, plenary, workshop and symposium) will be presented in person and live-streamed for remote participants. Questions will be taken from both the live and remote audience.
  • The majority of presentations and posters will be in-person. We hope to record the presentations and upload them for later viewing. Authors accepted for a poster presentation will be required to pre-record and submit a five minute video of their presentation. 
  • A limited number of submissions will be accepted for remote presentation. Presentations accepted in this format will be pre-recorded; posters will be part of a virtual poster session.

Conference Information

The Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD) is one of the largest student-run linguistics conferences in the world. BUCLD is an internationally recognized meeting of researchers in language acquisition and development, including first and second language acquisition, language disorders, bilingualism, and literacy development. BUCLD promotes the progress of science by providing a major venue for the dissemination of scholarly findings, the initiation and development of collaborations, and for professional networking.

The conference typically consists of over 150 presentations selected through peer review, as well as invited keynote and plenary speakers, symposia on topics of current interest, a research funding workshop, a professional development workshop for students and postdoctoral scholars, and a publisher exhibit. Over 500 researchers from around the world, from undergraduates up through senior faculty, attend BUCLD each year. ASL-English interpreting is provided for all talks and poster sessions as part of the mission to make BUCLD fully accessible. Conference proceedings are published soon after the conference. Since 1976, the faculty and students of Boston University have organized and run the conference with the help of our faculty advisors: Charles Chang, Paul Hagstrom, and Amy Lieberman. For our current student committee, please visit our Organizing Committee page.

Questions? Email us at: langconf@bu.edu.
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