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Typical and Atypical Language Development Symposium 2019

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We are delighted to announce that the first Typical and Atypical Language Development Symposium (TALDS 2019) will take place on September 4th in Moscow, Russia. It is a satellite event of the 25th AMLaP conference.

TALDS 2019 aims to bring together researchers of infant, child, and adolescent language development using behavioral, eye tracking, neuroimaging, and computational methods. We welcome those who are interested in language acquisition in monolingual and bilingual environment as well as in children with neurodevelopmental disorders (Specific Language Impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental dyslexia).


Symposium Booklet (PDF, 1,57 Мб)


Keynote Speakers


Barbara Höhle

Professor, University of Potsdam

From sound to structure: phonetic information in early language development

Bootstrapping accounts of language acquisition assume that the child makes use of specific information in her speech input that guide the first steps into structural properties of the ambient language. This talk will review recent research on how segmental and prosodic information from the speech input shape infants’ knowledge about the relevant phonological categories in their language and how the growing phonological knowledge affects the perception and the processing of speech.
Data from research across different languages, different populations and different modalities will be presented.
Mieke W. M. E. van de Sandt-Koenderman

Dr., Rijndam Rehabilitation, Department of Neurorehabilitation, Rotterdam; Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Diagnosing and treating Acquired Childhood Aphasia (ACA)

Acquired aphasia in childhood is a rare condition and the - small - population of children with acquired aphasia is very heterogeneous, which complicates its diagnosis and treatment. ACA differs from adult aphasia in several ways. Adult aphasia is almost always caused by stroke, whereas traumatic brain injury and tumours are the most frequent etiologies in children. Age and language development at onset are important variables. In this presentation, the state of the art in diagnosis and treatment of ACA will be reviewed, as well as our current knowledge on prognosis and recovery patterns. As there is virtually no literature on language treatment for these children, it will be discussed how to use our knowledge on treating adult aphasia to improve rehabilitation of ACA.
Núria Sebastián Gallés

Professor, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona

Bilinguals in the crib: Is bilingual early language development so different from monolinguals’?

How different is the process of language learning in infants exposed to two languages from birth? It was not so long ago when the available evidence pointed to a delay in language learning in bilinguals. At present, there is some controversy regarding fact bilingual exposure may boost some learning mechanisms. In the present talk I will review the empirical evidence on language development in infants exposed to more than one language from birth and how such development differs from monolinguals’.
Irina A. Sekerina

Professor, the City University of New York / National Research University Higher School of Economics

Russian First Language Acquisition

This presentation is an overview of acquisition of Russian as a first language (L1) conducted outside of Russia (in the U.S. and Europe) in recent years. It will survey selected domains and topics (e.g., phonology, vocabulary, morphosyntax, and narratives) that have driven L1 acquisition research and their application to Russian L1, with special attention to experimental methods. The final part of the talk will speculate on the trends and challenges for the future development of the field of L1 acquisition, including Russian.


TALDS 2019 will be hosted by the National Research University Higher School of Economics and will take place at Armyanskiy per. 4, c2. Room 205.


Free Internet is available at the venue.


Poster presentations

Poster board dimensions and the maximum poster size is 100cm width x 180cm height. Presenters are encouraged to design their posters to fit either A0 portrait or A1 landscape.


Organising Committee

TALDS 2019 is organised by members of the Center for Language and Brain at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE)

Olga Dragoy
Anastasiya Lopukhina
Vardan Arutiunian
Natalia Borisova
Svetlana Dorofeeva

Svetlana Malyutina
Victoria Reshetnikova


If you have any questions, please contact us at talds2019@gmail.com


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