Child Language Seminar 2013

The next Child Language Seminar will be held at the University of Manchester on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 June 2013 (with welcome reception on the evening of Sunday 23 June)

The Child Language Seminar is an interdisciplinary conference with a long tradition which attracts a diverse international audience of linguists, psychologists and speech-language therapists and provides a forum for research on language acquisition and developmental language disorders.
We are pleased to announce the keynote speakers will be:

  • Professor Catherine Snow, Harvard University
  • Professor Mike Tomasello, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
  • Professor Julian Pine, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Courtenay Norbury, Royal Holloway College, London

Details of the conference schedule, paper and poster presentations

Welcome reception

The welcome reception will take place in the Sackville Street building from 6pm-7.30pm. Please do join us for a welcome drink. Copies of the programme will be available for delegates to view.

Delegate registration

On the morning of Monday 24 June, registration will take place at the main entrance to the Renold Building from 8.15-8.45am. Follow the signs for CLS Registration Desk from Altrincham Street. The Registration Desk will be open throughout both days of the conference for those who are joining us later.

Key dates

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 17 January 2013
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: 6 February 2013
  • Registration opens: 1 February 2013
  • Programme published on website: 1 April 2013
  • Early registration deadline (reduced fee): 30 April 2013
  • Registration deadline: 7 June 2013
  • Registration and wine reception: Sunday 23 June 2013
  • CLS conference: 24 -25 June 2013
  • Conference dinner: 24 June 2013

Delegate registration

Delegate fees will be as follows:

  • Early registration, full conference: £220
  • Late registration (after 30 April 2013), full conference: £240
  • Early registration, one day attendance: £120
  • Late registration (after 30 April 2013), one day attendance: £135

Concession rates for full-time students will be available as follows:

  • Student early registration, full conference: £165
  • Student late registration (after 30 April 2013), full conference: £175
  • Student early registration, one-day attendance: £90
  • Student late registration (after 30 April 2013), one-day attendance: £100

Full conference attendance includes the Conference Dinner on 24 June. Delegates who register for one day attendance will be given the opportunity to attend the Conference Dinner at an additional cost.

Registration for CLS has now closed

Information for presenters

Oral presentations

Oral presentations will be 20 minutes long, presented in sessions of 3 papers, with 15 minutes for questions/discussion at the end of each session. A PC and projector will be set up in each room for presenters to. Please bring your presentation on a USB pen drive/flash drive and ensure that it is not encrypted. Please arrive at your designated room 15 minutes before the start time for your session to allow the presentations to be uploaded and to test any equipment that you have. An audio-visual technician will be available to assist you if necessary. If you are using video or sound files you should embed them into you PowerPoint presentation and also bring a back up, separate sound/audio file in case this embedding does not work for any reason. You will then be able to launch the file separately should this be necessary.

Poster presentations

Dedicated poster sessions will be scheduled to last one hour in the middle of one of the two conference days, when you will expected to stand by your poster. Posters will also be available for view throughout that day. Poster boards are 1.2 metres wide so we are asking presenters to prepare A0 posters with a landscape orientation. Please put your poster up first thing in the morning on the day you are presenting. You should remove your poster at the end of the last coffee break of the day (4.30pm).

CLS venue

The CLS 2013 will be hosted by the Language Development and Disorders Research Group in the School of Psychological Sciences at The University of Manchester. The University of Manchester is the UKs largest single-site University. As an internationally recognised research-led institution, our teaching and learning programmes are informed by the latest research findings delivered by staff at the leading edge of their fields.

The Language Development and Disorders Research Group is a multidisciplinary team of researchers working to develop our understanding of the factors, processes and mechanisms involved in successful language learning and in speech and language disorders. The research interests of the group focus on four main themes: Typically developing childrens early language development and the linguistic environment, specific language impairment (SLI), social communication and pragmatics intervention research, phonological representations and developmental speech disorders.


Manchester is a vibrant, cosmopolitan, culturally diverse city. It is notable for its sport, museums, galleries, theatres, music scene and shopping, offering something for everyone. Manchester is easily accessible by train (just 2 hours from London). There are direct flights from Manchester International Airport to all major European cities, and many long-haul flights are also available from Manchester.


There are many excellent places to stay in Manchester and good public transport links to and from the University. We are asking delegates to book their own conference accommodation. However, we have managed to secure preferential rates at a few hotels to suit a range of budgets. These hotels are all within walking distance of the conference venue and Manchester Piccadilly train station. We have held a number of rooms in these hotels, available on a first come, first served basis. Please note that availability for these hotels will be limited so we advise you to book early.

Special conference rates been secured at the following locations:

  • Ibis Hotel (Charles Street) - £59 per night - full
  • MacDonald Hotel (London Road) - £88 per night - full
  • Days Inn Hotel (Sackville Street) - £87 per night
  • Weston Halls Student Accommodation (Sackville Street) - £34 per night
    Weston Halls is a university hall of residence during term time, but shares a site with the Days Inn Hotel (above). The rooms available are single study en-suite rooms. Guests staying in Weston Hall have use of the Days Hotel facilities, including the restaurant and bar. Breakfast will be served in the Days Inn Hotel. Accommodation at Weston Hall is available to all delegates (Staff and Students).

Make a reservation using the CLS accomodation booking form. Please note these preferential rates will only be available until 15 June.

Car parking

There is a multi storey car park available on Charles Street. Current charges are:

  • Up to 3 hours £3
  • Up to 6 hours £5
  • Up to 10 hours £8
  • Up to 24 hours £10
  • After 4pm and weekends £2

Drivers using this car park should collect a ticket on entry and pay at one of the machines prior to collecting their vehicle at the end of the day. Delegates travelling to the venue via car are advised to enter M1 3BB in any SATNAV/route based systems. This will direct you to Charles Street, which runs adjacent to Sackville Street.

Further information

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