12-14 September 2019


Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition


SEPTEMBER 12-14, 2019




We are pleased to announce the 14th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition conference (GALA 14) to be held at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy on September 12-14, 2019.

GALA is a biennial conference that brings together researchers from across Europe and overseas, providing a forum for discussion of recent, high-quality research on first and second language acquisition, bi/multilingual acquisition, heritage language acquisition, language pathology and language impairment, acquisition of sign language and brain imaging research for acquisition and pathology.

The growing body of research in these areas testifies how language acquisition studies are central for our understanding of human language and how it develops in the brain, and offers novel insights to theoretical studies, as well as hints for practical outcomes for diagnosis, intervention and rehabilitation in the case of developmental language disorders.

Previous editions of GALA were held in Durham (1993), Groningen (1995), Edinburgh (1997), Potsdam (1999), Palmela (2001), Utrecht (2003), Siena (2005), Barcelona (2007), Lisbon (2009), Thessaloniki (2011) and, most recently, Oldenburg (2013),  Nantes (2015), and Palma de Mallorca (2017).



Luca Bonatti

Universitat Pompeu Fabra & Università degli Studi di Venezia

Adriana Belletti

University of Geneve & Università degli Studi di Siena

Jeannette Schaeffer​

Universiteit van Amsterdam

Theo Marinis

University of Konstanz



Submission of Abstracts


We invite abstract submissions for 30-minute oral presentations (20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for discussion) or posters (the maximum size for posters will be A0) of original, unpublished work on all subfields of generative language acquisition, including, but not limited to:

L1 and L2 acquisition, heritage language acquisition, language pathology, language impairment, sign language.

The language of the conference will be English.

Abstract Submission opens: 15th January 2019

Abstract Submission closes: 15th March 2019

***DEADLINE extended to 24th March 2019***

Notification of acceptance: SENT

Submission guidelines

Abstracts should not exceed one page in letter-size or A4 paper, with one extra page for examples, tables, figures and references, with 1-inch or 2.5 cm margins on all sides and 12 point font-size. The abstract should have a clear title and should not reveal the name of the author(s). Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author, or two joint abstracts per author. You will be asked to indicate some keywords upon submission.

Abstracts should be submitted in PDF format via EasyChair (click on the logo below to access the submission page).

Registration fees

Faculty: 180€

Students: 90€

Coffee breaks and light lunches during the conference  are included in the fee. 

Dinner (on Friday): 45€

To be paid at registration


Registration opens 

15th May

Registration closes

15th July


Important note:

In case the registration is not completed by July 15th, the presentation or poster will not be included in the conference program. 

On-site registration will NOT be available.

cancellation policy

Cancellations must be requested through this website. If cancellation is received before July 15th, a refund will be made of the amount that was paid minus 10% to cover administrative expenses. After July 15th, no refunds will be made.

For refunds and payment problems please contact




Giorgio Arcodia

Fabrizio Arosio

Carlo Cecchetto

Francesca Foppolo

Maria Teresa Guasti

Francesca Panzeri

Martina Abbondanza

Jasmijn Bosch

Massimo Burattin

Mathilde Chailleux

Francesca Costa

Giulia Mornati
Valentina Persici

Mirta Vernice



The event will take place in Building U4

University of Milano-Bicocca

Piazza della Scienza.


Room 8. It opens at 8.30 a.m.

The building is conveniently located at a walking distance from Bicocca Metro Station (purple line) and from Milano-Greco Pirelli Train Station (for trains from Milano Porta Garibaldi and Lambrate)

Nearby stops of LINE 87 (city bus from Centrale Station) or LINE 7 (tram from Zara metro station or Precotto).


Suggested accomodation near the venue of the conference: Hotel Arcimboldi

price for single room: 80€

price for double room: 100€

(when making your reservation mention the agreement with the University of Milano-Bicocca)

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