Announcing the 17th meeting of Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA-17)


We are excited to announce that the 17th meeting of Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA-17) will take place here, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2-4, 2024. 


Call for Papers 

Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA) 17  

May 2–4, 2024, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  


Invited speakers 

  • Dora Alexopoulou, University of Cambridge 

  • Kiel Christianson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

  • Theres Grüter, University of Hawai’i, Manoa  

  • Silvia Perpiñán, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain 


Presentation format 

All submissions will be considered for both oral presentations (30 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion) and poster presentation. The submission process is the same for the main session and for the special session. 


Main Session 

For the main session, we invite abstract submissions of original, unpublished work conducted from the generative perspective on any aspect of second language acquisition, bilingualism, third language acquisition / multilingualism, or heritage language acquisition. 


Special Session 

In addition to the main session, there will be a special session on computational and psycholinguistic approaches to second language acquisition. We invite submissions that take a computational and/or psycholinguistic/neurolinguistic approach to any aspect of second language acquisition or bilingualism/multilingualism. Submitting results from work in progress or unsuccessful experiments is also encouraged.  


GASLA-17 will also feature a workshop on eye-tracking and computational modeling of eye-tracking data. 


Submission Guidelines 

Abstracts should not exceed one page in letter-size or A4 paper, with one extra page for examples, tables, figures and references, with 1 inch or 2.5 cm margins on all sides and 12-point font size. 

  • The abstract should have a clear title and should not reveal the name of the author(s). 

  • The abstracts must be uploaded as PDF attachments to the EasyAbs site: 

  • Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author, or two joint abstracts per author. 


When you submit your abstract on EasyAbs, you will be asked indicate whether your work should be considered for the main session or for the special session. Submitting the same abstract to both the main session and the special session is not allowed. All submissions will be considered for both oral and poster presentations. 


Important Dates 

  • Submission is open: 1 September 2023 
  • Deadline for submissions: 1 December 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: 1 February 2024
  • Conference dates: 2–4 May 2024 


We encourage graduate students, post-docs and other junior scholars to submit.


Please direct any inquiries to the conference email address:

For further information and updates, check out our website.