Call for pAPERS

The CLShef19 Organising Committee​ are delighted to announce that the call for papers for the 2019 Child Language Symposium is now open!

The 2019 Child Language Symposium (CLShef19) will be held at the University of Sheffield, UK on Thursday, 11th and Friday, 12th July 2019 (with a pre-conference workshop on pragmatic development and an evening welcome reception on Wednesday, 10th July). Our keynote speakers are Michael Goldstein, Charles Hulme, Vsevolod Kapatsinski and Cristina McKean.

For further details, please browse the various tabs of this conference website.

We welcome submissions in any area of language development (Speech Perception & Production, Pre-linguistic Development, Gesture, Phonology, Lexicon, Grammar, Pragmatics, Discourse and Narrative, Reading and Literacy, Reading Difficulties, Signed Languages, Hearing Impairment and Deafness, Speech Difficulties, Developmental Language Disorders, Neurolinguistics, Artificial Languages, Bilingualism/Multilingualism, Cognition & Language, Input & Interaction).

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

Types of presentations:

1) colloquium, with thematically related papers, discussion and/or audience participation (four slots in total, e.g., three talks and one discussant)

2) paper

3) poster and

4) pre-submission posters (an opportunity to submit pre-registration plans for studies yet to be undertaken or pre-registered studies underway, rather than work that has already been completed).

Length of abstracts:

Paper or poster (450 words max - excluding references and title of paper);

Colloquium (overview max. 200 words, excluding references and including titles of papers but no mention of presenters by name, plus abstracts for each presentation of 400 words max).

Authors should indicate whether a paper or poster presentation 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.


Abstracts and author details must be submitted via the online submission form available here. Upon initial registration to the submission site, you can submit via the four tracks listed above:

The extended deadline for submissions is Thursday, 7th February 2019 at midnight GMT.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Thank you!

The CLShef19 Organising Committee​: Suzanne Churcher, Silke Fricke, Danielle Matthews, Sarah Spencer, Jenny Thomson, Anna Weighall.

A downloadable PDF of the CLShef19 Call for Papers is also available here

CLShef19 EXT Call for Abstracts&Submission.pdf