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The First International Conference on Theoretical

East Asian Psycholinguistics (ICTEAP-1)

The First International Conference on Theoretical East Asian Psycholinguistics (ICTEAP-1)

March 10-12, 2017

The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Second Call for Papers

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”


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


We invite anonymous abstracts for 20-minute talks (followed by 10-minute discussions) and poster presentations. Abstracts should be written in English and limited to 500 words, with one extra page to include examples, references, tables and figures. Abstracts should be in standard 12-point Times New Roman font, with margins of 1 inch. No more than one single-authored and one co-authored abstract will be considered.


Abstracts should be submitted in PDF format via the EasyChair system:


Click here for a sample abstract template.

Selected papers presented at the conference will be invited for an edited volume to be published at an international venue.


Language Acquisition Laboratory

Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages

The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Contact Person: Thomas Hun-tak Lee (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Preparatory Steering Committee:

Thomas Hun-tak Lee   (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Mineharu Nakayama  (The Ohio State University)

Yi-ching Su                 (National Tsing Hua University)


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