Info: Child Language Seminar 2013

Second Call for Papers for Child Language Seminar 2013

The next Child Language Seminar will be held at The University of Manchester on
Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th June 2013
(with registration and wine reception on the evening of Sunday 23rd June).

The Child Language Seminar (CLS) is an interdisciplinary conference with a long tradition which attracts a diverse international audience of linguists, psychologists and speech-language therapists. It provides a forum for research on language acquisition and developmental language disorders.

The keynote speakers will be:
Professor Catherine Snow, Harvard University
Professor Mike Tomasello, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
Professor Julian Pine, University of Liverpool
Dr Courtenay Norbury, Royal Holloway College, London

Call for papers:
Proposals are invited for papers and posters related to all aspects of child language acquisition and disorders. There are no key themes for CLS 2013 as we want to encourage proposals covering the full breadth of research relating to child language learning and developmental language disorders. To illustrate, proposals will be considered on children’s first, simultaneous and/or subsequent language development, in areas such as grammar, phonology, lexicon, pragmatics, discourse, literacy, sign language, and psycholinguistic processing.

The CLS is a peer-reviewed research conference and all proposals will be reviewed anonymously by the abstract committee.

Presentation format
Proposals should indicate whether an oral presentation or poster is preferred. The organising committee views both formats as having equal value but reserves the right to switch formats to suit the programme. Presenters will be notified about the final format of their presentation at the time their proposal is accepted.

Proposal format
Proposals must be written in English and include the following:

1. Cover Page:
Title of presentation
Authors’ names and affiliations
Name, address, telephone number and email address of contact person
Preferred presentation format (oral presentation or poster)

2. Abstract:
Title of presentation
Summary of research undertaken (300 words maximum, single spaced). One figure or table and up to 3 references may be added and will not be included in the word count.
(Do not include authors’ names)

Submitting proposals:
Proposals must be submitted in either MS Word or RTF format with paper size set to A4 and submitted as an attachment to an email (not as part of the mail body of the email) to using ‘CLS Abstract Submission’ as the subject of the email. You will receive an email back confirming receipt of your abstract.

Key dates:
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1st January 2013
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 1st February 2013
Registration opens: 1st February 2013
Programme published on website: 1st  April 2013
Early registration deadline (reduced fee): 30th April 2013
Registration and wine reception: Sunday 23rd June 2013
CLS conference: 24th-25th June 2013
Conference dinner: 24th June 2013

The registration fees are now listed on the CLS website. We are offering an early registration discount (deadline 30th April 2013) and a discount for students. Registration will open on 1st February 2013.

CLS Venue:
The CLS 2013 will be hosted by the Language Development and Disorders Research Group in the School of Psychological Sciences at The University of Manchester. The University of Manchester is the UK’s largest single-site University. As an internationally recognised research-led institution, our teaching and learning programmes are informed by the latest research findings delivered by staff at the leading edge of their fields.

The Language Development and Disorders Research Group is a multidisciplinary team of researchers working to develop our understanding of the factors, processes and mechanisms involved in successful language learning and in speech and language disorders. The research interests of the group focus on four main themes: Typically developing children’s early language development and the linguistic environment, specific language impairment (SLI), social communication and pragmatics intervention research, phonological representations and developmental speech disorders.

Manchester is a vibrant, cosmopolitan, culturally diverse city. It is notable for its sport, museums, galleries, theatres, music scene and shopping, offering something for everyone. Manchester is easily accessible by train (just 2 hours from London). There are direct flights from Manchester International Airport to all major European cities, and many long-haul flights are also available from Manchester.

There are many excellent places to stay in Manchester and good public transport links to and from the University. We are asking delegates to book their own conference accommodation. We have managed to secure preferential rates at a fewhotels to suit a range of budgets. These hotels are all within walking distance of the conference venue and Manchester Piccadilly train station. Details have now been added to the CLS website. Please follow the link on the website to make a booking.

Further information
Further details will be added to the website in due course ( can also follow CLS on Twitter (@CLSManchester). This will be updated as more information becomes available.

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We look forward to welcoming you to the CLS in 2013.

Jenny Freed, Elena Lieven and Catherine Adams
(CLS Organising Committee)

Dr Jenny Freed
Human Communication and Deafness
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL
0161 275 3433
07818 496130