GALA16: 16th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA16)

Sept. 12, 2024 - Sept. 14, 2024

We are pleased to announce the 16th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition conference (GALA 16) to be held at the NOVA University of Lisbon – School of Social Sciences and Humanities (NOVA FCSH), Portugal, on September 12-14, 2024.

GALA is a biennial conference that brings together researchers from across Europe and overseas, providing a forum for discussion of recent, high-quality research on first and second language acquisition, bi/multilingual acquisition, heritage language acquisition, language pathology and language impairment, acquisition of sign language and brain imaging research for acquisition and pathology.

The growing body of research in these areas testifies how language acquisition studies are central for our understanding of human language and how it develops in the brain, and offers novel insights to theoretical studies, as well as hints for practical outcomes for diagnosis, intervention and rehabilitation in the case of developmental language disorders.

Previous editions of GALA were held in Durham (1993), Groningen (1995), Edinburgh (1997), Potsdam (1999), Palmela (2001), Utrecht (2003), Siena (2005), Barcelona (2007), Lisbon (2009), Thessaloniki (2011) and, most recently, Oldenburg (2013), Nantes (2015), Palma de Mallorca (2017), Milan (2019), and Frankfurt (2022).

Submission instructions:

We invite abstract submissions for 30-minute oral presentations (20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for discussion) or posters of original, unpublished work on all subfields of generative language acquisition, including, but not limited to: L1 and L2 acquisition, heritage language acquisition, language pathology, language impairment, sign language.

The language of the conference will be English.

We are very pleased to have the following keynote speakers:
Philippe Prévost (Université de Tours)
Ana Lúcia Santos (Universidade de Lisboa)
Roumyana Slabakova (University of Southampton and Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Abstract Submission opens: November 1, 2023
Abstract Submission closes: January 12, 2024, 11.59 pm (GMT)
Notification of acceptance: April 1, 2024

Abstracts should not exceed one page on A4 paper, with one extra page for examples, tables, figures and references, with 1-inch or 2.5 cm margins on all sides and 12-point font size. The abstract should have a clear title and should not reveal the name of the author(s). Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author, or two joint abstracts per author. You will be asked to indicate some keywords upon submission.

Abstracts should be submitted in PDF format via EasyAbs.

We plan to publish a selection of the papers presented at the conference in a peer-reviewed venue.

For any enquiry, please write to: [email protected]

Submissions open: Nov. 1, 2023 - Jan. 12, 2024

Abstract review period: Jan. 15, 2024 - March 12, 2024

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