Many Paths to Language (MPaL)

22 October 2020 10:00 - 23 October 2020 18:00
Max Planck Institute
Children show astonishing variation in the way they acquire their native language(s); each developmental milestone in both production and comprehension is marked by meaningful individual differences.

This 2-day online workshop focuses on meaningful differences in the way children acquire language. It will explore (a) multiple sources of variation in early language development, including: children’s linguistic and cultural environments, their cognitive maturation, and the structural properties of the languages they are acquiring, alongside (b) the implications of this variation for the mechanisms that drive and support native language acquisition, given the overall robustness of learning in the face of this variability.

The workshop will also include some live sessions aimed at advancing interdisciplinary discussion.

Invited speakers

Gabriella Vigliocco (University College London)

Andrea Ravignani (MPI for Psycholinguistics)

David Barner (University of California, San Diego)

Please note that, due to COVID-19: The workshop will take place fully online.


Abstract submission

Abstract submission is closed as of July 1st, 2020. Authors were notified of presentation decisions before August 15th, 2020.


Venue and registration

The workshop will take place ONLINE on October 22nd–23rd, 2020, hosted virtually by the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. As of October 16th, 2020, registration is closed.



Marisa Casillas, Rana Abu-Zhaya, and Caroline Rowland

Contact: mpal [at]

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