Many Paths to Language (MPaL) 2023

25 October 2023 - 27 October 2023
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 3-day conference 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.

Invited speakers

Leher Singh (National University of Singapore)

Judit Gervain (Università degli Studi di Padova)


Invited symposium speakers in honour of Anne Cutler (afternoon of Wednesday 25th October) are:

Melanie Soderstrom (University of Manitoba)

Thierry Nazzi (Université Paris Descartes)

Claartje Levelt (Leiden University)


On Tuesday 24th October there will be an online pre-conference workshop, featuring a morning session on Open Access Publications and Open Data, and a late afternoon session by Michael Frank and Alvin Tan from Stanford University on Wordbank.  More details, including how to register, will follow.

Abstract submission

Abstract submission deadline is now extended to Friday June 9th at midnight (anywhere in the world). Authors will be notified of presentation decisions before August 1, 2023.

Venue and registration

The conference will take place on October 25th–27th, 2023, at the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Attending the conference is for free but we do require registration. Registration and will open on August 1, 2023. Please keep an eye on our website!


Andriana Sabov, Caroline Junge, Caroline Rowland, Clara Kunst, Heike Behrens, Ilse van den Dobbelsteen, Jennifer Sander, Joyce van Zwet, Marisa Casillas, Mieke Slim, Paula Fikkert, Rowena Garcia, Tineke Snijders, Yayun Zhang

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