NOVEMBER 2–4, 2018

Invited speakers:

  • Keynote address by Ann Senghas (Barnard College): “How language learns: Linking universals to acquisition”
  • Plenary address by Johanne Paradis (University of Alberta): “English L2 acquisition from early childhood to adulthood: The role of age, L1, cognitive and input factors”
  • Student workshop by Christina Bergmann (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics): “How to integrate open science into language acquisition research”

Thursday evening student workshop (6:30pm): “How to integrate open science into language acquisition research”

    Saturday symposium: “A developmental, individual-differences perspective on processing of and learning from accented speech”

    • Rochelle Newman (University of Maryland): “Toddlers’ accommodation of accent: Acoustic and experiential factors”
    • Margarita Kaushanskaya (University of Wisconsin – Madison): “Effects of bilingualism on children’s processing of accented speech”
    • Melissa Baese-Berk (University of Oregon): “Individual differences in perception of non-native speech”

    Sunday symposium: “Addressing the putative ‘word gap’: Approaches to early language interventions”

    • Roberta M. Golinkoff (University of Delaware) & Kathy Hirsh-Pasek (Temple University): “Helping children learn language: Why bother?”
    • Meredith L. Rowe (Harvard University Graduate School of Education): “Pointing to success: A home-based intervention for parents of infants”
    • Rebecca M. Alper (Temple University): “The Duet Project: A community-based home-visiting partnership”
    • Rachel R. Romeo (Boston Children’s Hospital & Massachusetts Institute of Technology): “The FACT Project: A school-based program for elementary-age families”

    The Society for Language Development’s Annual Symposium will be on Thursday, November 1st from 1pm to 6pm. This year’s topic is: “Understanding other minds: Insights from animal cognition, human development and language”.


    • Alexandra Rosati (University of Michigan): “Cognition without language: The primate roots of human thought”
    • György Gergely (Central European University): “The pragmatic sense: Communicative mindreading in young infant with and without language”
    • Jill deVilliers (Smith College): “With Language in Mind: Grammar and theory of mind”

    For more information, please visit:

    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 44 will be held November 7–10, 2019.)