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The First International Conference on Theoretical East Asian Psycholinguistics (ICTEAP-1) intends to promote dissemination of state-of-the-art findings in psycholinguistics, with emphasis on research that has cross-linguistic implications and empirical work that refers to East Asian languages, following the spirit of The Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics (TCP).


The conference invites submissions of papers in any area of L1 and L2 acquisition, (bimodal) bilingual acquisition, language processing, and cognitive neuroscience of language, among others, as well as theoretical studies (in phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, or pragmatics) that have implications for “Plato’s Problem” (“How can we gain a rich linguistic system given our fragmentary and impoverished experience?”). Studies from different paradigms that address learnability issues are especially welcome.


There will be a special session on ‘Language acquisition and the theory of parameters: A critical reassessment’. In light of the special session, submission of papers on the re-evaluation of parametric theories is also encouraged.


Keynote Speakers:       

Stephen Crain (Macquarie University)    

“Parameters of Logic”

Maria Teresa Guasti (University of Milan-Bicocca)    

“Improvising on Trees”


Kenneth Wexler (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

“Issues in the Development of Syntax and Semantics: Why We Have no Alternatives to Parameters Plus Biology”

Invited Speakers:

Donna Lardiere (Georgetown University)

“Re-thinking Parameter Re-setting in Second Language Acquisition”


William Snyder (University of Connecticut)

“Evidence that Children Set Parameters”


Poster: version 1 / version 2 (with paper titles)


Important dates:

Deadline for abstract submissions (extended): November 12, 2016 at 9:00PM Hong Kong Time (HKT)

Notification of acceptance:     December 27, 2016

Conference dates:                 March 10-12, 2017



Language Acquisition Laboratory

Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

March 10-12, 2017

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The  First  International  Conference  on 

Theoretical East Asian Psycholinguistics (ICTEAP-1)

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