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The next meeting of IASCL will be held at the University of Pennsylvania in 2020. 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.