The updated program is already available (2013-09-20).

AEAL 2013 Bilbao
7th International Conference on Language Acquisition

The University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) hosts the seventh edition of the AEAL Conference that will be held in Bilbao, from 4th to 6thSeptember 2013 in the Gran Bilbao hotel.

The Association for the Study of Language Acquisition AEAL (Asociación para el Estudio de la Adquisición del Lenguaje) is oriented to the study of the acquisition and learning of SPANISH, CATALAN, GALICIAN and BASQUE languages by children and adolescents. Its triennial conference is a great occasion for meeting experts in language acquisition working in a varied set of areas such as grammar, lexicon, discourse, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, sociolinguistics, language didactics and pedagogy.

This conference will deal with issues concerning ORAL and WRITTEN language comprehension, production and processing in the following areas:

  2. LEXICAL-SEMANTIC development
  3. MORPHOSYNTACTIC development
  4. DISCOURSE and PRAGMATIC development
  5. ATYPICAL language development
  6. DIDACTIC INTERVENTION and language development
  7. SIGN LANGUAGES development

VII AEAL Conference will focus its attention on language research dealing with the BILINGUAL and MULTILINGUAL acquisition of any of the four languages of reference and other languages in contact with any of them as well, especially on studies involving a MINORIZED language.

AEAL 2013 is organized by the HIJE (Language Acquisition and Use) research group at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) with the help of the UNESCO Chair of World Language Heritage (

Plenary speakers:

  • Laurie Tuller (Université François-Rabelais, Tours, France), "Atypically developing children in multilingual settings" (pdf)
  • Lourdes de León (CIESAS, Mexico), "Interacciones bilingües en niños del México indígena: El grupo de pares como nicho de socalización lingüística" (pdf)
  • Nancy Hornberger (University of Pennsylvania, USA), "Voice and biliteracy in indigenous language revitalization: contentious educational practices in Quechua, Guaraní, and Maori contexts" (pdf)
  • Bernard Schneuwly (Université de Genève, Suisse), "Teaching and the development of writing. Vygotsky's hypotheses revisited for an instrumental approach" (pdf)

Nomination as Honorary Member of AEAL and Tribute to Prof. Dr. Jürgen Meisel (Universität Hamburg & University of Calgary).


  • Oral presentations
  • Symposia
  • Posters

Deadline for abstract submission: 2013, 15th January.