XI International Congress For The Study Of Child Language (IASCL): Edinburgh, 28 July – 1 August 2008
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Welcome to the IASCL 2008 Conference.

University of Edinburgh, Monday 28th July to Friday 1st August 2008.

Scott MonumentThese dates immediately precede the annual Edinburgh International Festival, which usually begins in the second week of August and lasts for three weeks. Participants in the conference will have the opportunity to extend their stay to have a taste of what is, by universal consensus, the largest and best arts festival in the world.

The theme of the conference will be: “Language, cognition, and experience in child language development: interdisciplinary perspectives on monolingual and bilingual language acquisition”. Please note that the local organizers have introduced some changes to the structure of the conference, so as to guarantee both the high quality of the presentations and the diversity of themes and approaches in the programme. The programme will consist of a combination of plenary talks, thematic symposia, and independent poster sessions. Four outstanding researchers have agreed to give plenary talks: Marc Hauser of Harvard University, Rachel Mayberry of the University of California, San Diego, Andy Meltzoff of the University of Washington, and Nuría Sebastián-Gallés of the University of Barcelona. It is envisaged that the conference will cover a wide range of topics, which include (but are not limited to) the following:

•  Bilingual first language acquisition
•  Child second language acquisition
•  Cognition and language development
•  Connections between language development and language change
•  Language development in atypical populations
•  Language evolution and language acquisition
•  Linguistic interfaces in child language development
•  Neurolinguistic evidence in child language development
•  New methods in child language research
•  Processing vs. representations in early child language
•  Qualitative and quantitative input factors in language development
•  Relationships between music and language development

McEwan Hall interiorAll the conference sessions will be in the central area of the University of Edinburgh, within walking distance from the Castle and the city centre. The plenary sessions will be held at the McEwan Hall (shown right), a prestigious building used for graduation ceremonies.

Edinburgh offers a wide range of accommodation possibilities, although the proximity of the conference dates to the Festival will make it essential to reserve rooms early. All of the hotel accommodation which we booked in advance for conference delegates has now been sold, but you can find a comprehensive list of hotels, guest houses and B&Bs at the following site: www.visitscotland.com Bookings can also be made on-line at this site.

The local organizers intend to benefit from the feedback received after the Berlin 2005 conference, and will rise to the challenge of improving on what already was an outstanding event! We regard it as a priority to raise funds to offer a number of travel grants that will enable more graduate students to attend the conference, and we will maintain registration fees as low as the local budgeting constraints will allow.

Edinburgh has the best possible set up for a prestigious conference, and we are confident that IASCL 2008 will meet the highest expectations.

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Local Organising Committee

Antonella Sorace (University of Edinburgh)
Mits Ota (University of Edinburgh)
Barbora Skarabela (University of Edinburgh)

Key Dates

First call for submissions: March 2007
Deadline for submissions: October 15th, 2007
Notification of acceptance to first authors: February 2008
Deadline for early registration: March 2008
IASCL 2008 Conference in Edinburgh: Monday, July 28th to Friday, August 1st, 2008
IASCL Business Meeting: Thursday, July 31st, 2008
IASCL 2011 Conference in Montreal: Monday, July 18th to Sunday, July 24th, 2011
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