Boston University Conference on Language Development 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 dissemination of scholarly findings, for 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. Attendees number over 500 researchers from around the world, from undergraduates up through senior faculty. ASL-English interpreting is provided for all talks and poster sessions as part of the mission to make BUCLD fully accessible and 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 Faculty advisors. Dr. Charles Chang, Dr. Paul Hagstrom, and Dr. Amy Lieberman are the current faculty advisors. For our current student committee, please go to our Organizing Committee page.