The Second International Workshop on Language Acquisition

23rd June 2021, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

The First International Workshop on Language Acquisition (online): 14th July 2020, see program.

If you want to attend the workshop, please write to costanza @


A workshop on language acquisition in Copenhagen is jointly organized by the Centre for Language Technology (University of Copenhagen), Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre (Chinese University of Hong Kong, CUHK) and University of Cambridge-CUHK Joint Laboratory for Bilingualism. The workshop aims to provide an international platform for researchers to exchange recent findings and discuss current and future research directions for language acquisition across diverse contexts. We especially encourage contributions on the special theme “multimodality and child language acquisition”, but other topics related to language acquisition are welcome too. Studies on multimodal language processing are new in the field of language acquisition and even rarer for bilingual language acquisition. The workshop will include an open discussion session on the importance of gestures in (early) bilingual language acquisition. Increasingly, studies have shown that lexical, syntactic and gestural development are closely linked, and development of gestures is a prerequisite for language development.

Incorporating multimodality in the study of bilingual language acquisition can provide new insights that can result in new methodologies and perspectives which bring advances to the field. Implications for language acquisition and strategies for teaching a second language will also be explored. The workshop is organized under the Network “Multimodal Child Language Acquisition” supported by the Independent Research Fund Denmark from the Danish Government.

Call for contributions

We welcome contributions addressing any of the following topics in bilingualism and multimodal communication:

  • Bilingual language acquisition in children
  • Bi-/trilingual child language corpora
  • Second language acquisition
  • Crosslinguistic influence/Transfer in bilingual/second language acquisition
  • Code-mixing and code-switching phenomena, and their effect on language acquisition and social impact
  • Child language development
  • Early development of gestures
  • Gestures and language development
  • Gestures and foreign language learning
  • Data collection, annotation and/or processing of (multimodal) corpora for language acquisition
  • Crowdsourcing for language acquisition
  • Natural Language Processing for language acquisition
  • Other related topics

Submission and format

Extended abstracts consisting of 2 pages, excluding references. Author(s) can choose to have an oral or poster presentation. All submissions must be written in English and submitted as PDF files to and

Important dates

Submission deadline: 9th April 2021 23:59 CET

Notification of acceptance: 26th April 2021

(Camera-ready version:    21st May 2021)

Workshop Date: 23rd June 2021

Keynote speakers

Prof. Anna Esposito – Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli

Prof. Marianne Gullberg – Lund University

Organizing committee

Costanza Navarretta – University of Copenhagen

Patrizia Paggio – University of Copenhagen

Alice Ping Ping Tse – University of Copenhagen

Virginia Yip – Chinese University of Hong Kong

Stephen Matthews – University of Hong Kong

  Childhood Blingualism Research Centre


University of Cambridge - Chinese University of Hong Kong, Joint Laboratory for Bilingualism 

University of Copenhagen