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Given all the uncertainties of the coronavirus, restrictions on international travel, and so forth, and given the international nature of our organization, we have decided to postpone the IASCL conference until summer 2021. By that time, with any luck, a vaccine will have been developed, the situation will be much clearer, and hopefully restrictions on traveling will have been lifted, and members will be freer to travel--and feel comfortable traveling--again.

For next year, the organizers are honoring the existing acceptances for symposia, papers, and posters for the conference (and understand that adjustments may be made by presenters as necessary, given the extra year). In due course, the organizers will write to each speaker and presenter to obtain confirmation that you will still participate in the conference in 2021. In the event that some people are not able to make it next year, the organizers will open up slots by putting out a new, limited, call to replace those talks.

We apologize for any inconveniences this postponement may cause anyone. It is a shame that the global situation has brought us to this point, but, in the interests of protecting everyone's safety, and at the same time keeping a vibrant conference, it appears the optimal plan. I wish you all continued good health and a safe transition through these trying times.

Hoping to see you in 2021.


Virginia C. Mueller Gathercole, Ph.D.

President, International Association for the Study of Child Language

An expression of interest for the 2023 meeting was submitted at the 2017 business meeting by colleagues from the Charles University in Prague.

The Business Meeting for the 2017 Congress in Lyon was held on Wednesday 19th July. The minutes of the meeting can be found here.

The International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL) was founded to promote international and interdisciplinary cooperation in the study of child language.

Its major activity is the sponsorship of the triennial International Congress for the Study of Child Language. Previous Congresses have been held in Tokyo, Japan (1978), Vancouver, Canada (1981), Austin, U. S. A. (1984), Lund, Sweden (1987), Budapest, Hungary (1990), Trieste, Italy (1993), Istanbul, Turkey (1996), San Sebastián, Spain (1999), Madison, USA (2002), Berlin, Germany (2005), Edinburgh, United Kingdom (2008), Montreal, Canada (2011), Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2014) and Lyon, France (2017).

In addition to the congresses, the IASCL produces the Child Language Bulletin twice a year, with directory information, book notices, a conference calendar, and other useful information. Members are also eligible for a substantial subscription discount to three leading journals in the field, First Language and the Journal of Child Language and also to the International Journal of Bilingualism.

A special effort is made to assist doctoral students to attend the triennial conference. A bursary scheme started in 2014 to assist with fees, accommodation and travel costs. Updated information will be published on the website in due course ahead of the 2020 congress. For further information you can contact the Treasurer.