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 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.

Invited speakers

As soon as we have invited speakers confirmed, they will be published here.

Abstract submission

Abstract submission will open in early February and will close at midnight (anywhere in the world) on June 2, 2023. Authors will be notified of presentation decisions before August 1, 2023.

Venue and registration

The workshop will take place on October 25th–27th, 2023, at the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. 
Registration will open end of August 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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