Welcome to GALANA 2020!

Dear colleagues.

Please join us for the 9th bi-annual conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition ‒ North America (GALANA 2020) on August 21-23, 2020, hosted by the Institute of Linguistics at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík, Iceland. Although this is the first time that GALANA is hosted outside North America, it will still take place on the North American tectonic plate, where the University of Iceland campus is located.

The GALANA conference features theoretically informed research on all types of language acquisition scenarios, including (but not limited to) monolingual first language acquisition, bilingual/multilingual first language acquisition, second language acquisition by children as well as adults, third language acquisition, acquisition of signed as well as spoken languages, language disorders, language acquisition in the presence of cognitive impairment and autism, the development of pidgins and creoles, and language attrition.

Abstracts are due January 22, 2020 (23:59 Pacific Standard Time).

See “Call for Papers” for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you in Reykjavík, Iceland, in August 2020.


On behalf of the GALANA 9 organizing committee,

Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir
Professor of Icelandic Linguistics
University of Iceland
e-mail: galana2020@hi.is

Invited speakers:

  • Dr. Nina Hyams – University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Dr. Marit Westergaard – The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
  • Dr. Sudha Arunachalam – New York University (NYU)

See more information about the invited speakers here.