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Current Issues in Child Bilingual Development

26 - 27 July 2018, Macquarie University


More than half of children around the world grow up in bilingual environments. In English-speaking countries, including Australia, many children are Early Sequential Bilinguals (ESBs), who start learning their second language at preschool or school. Despite their increasing numbers, our knowledge of how ESBs acquire a second language (L2) is still very limited. This poses a challenge both for assessing school readiness, academic achievement, and for identifying those at risk for language disorders. A range of linguistic, developmental and environmental factors interact to determine how and when ESBs acquire knowledge of a L2, raising both theoretical and applied challenges for the field. Most ESBs eventually become competent in their L2. However, limited knowledge of what constitutes 'typical' ESB language development poses a significant challenge for identifying language delay.

This workshop brings together international leaders in the field of bilingual research to discuss current issues in bilingual language acquisition. It should be of interest to researchers, clinicians, educators, parents and the general public, with implications for all.

Keynote Speakers

  • Erika Hoff (Florida Atlantic University)
  • Theo Marinis (University of Reading)
  • Carmel O'Shannessy (Australian National University)
  • Johanne Paradis (University of Alberta)


  • Level 1 Lecture Theatre, Australian Hearing Hub, 16 University Avenue, Macquarie University.


Registration is free.

Abstract Submission

We invite submission of abstracts for talks and posters. Abstracts should include:

  • Title, name, affiliation, email
  • 1 page abstract plus a page of figures/references
  • Indicate preference for talk, poster, or either

Please submit abstracts using the template provided via email to Rosemary Eliott.

Important Dates

  • 1 May 2018 - Deadline for abstract submission
  • 1 June 2018 - Notification of acceptance
  • 20 July 2018 - Registration deadline
  • 26-27 July 2018 - Workshop


  • ARC Laureate Fellowship FL130100014 awarded to Distinguished Professor Katherine Demuth and the Child Language Lab
  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD)
  • Macquarie University Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS)


  • Nan Xu Rattanasone
  • Jae-Hyun Kim
  • Katherine Demuth


Please contact Rosemary Eliott.

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