- First call for submissions: July 24th, 2008
- Second call for submissions : September 1st, 2008
- Deadline for submissions: December 15th, 2008
- Notifications of acceptance/rejection decisions to first authors and chair: February 15th, 2009
- 1st Authors and Chairs to be registered: May 31st, 2009 (imperative for inclusion in the programme)
Deadline for registration: June 15th, 2009
The programme will consist of a combination of plenary talks, thematic symposia, individual papers grouped into thematic
sessions and poster sessions. Six guest speakers, all renowned experts in the topics that will be discussed in the conference,
have agreed to present an overview of their current research: Susan Goldin-Meadow (University of Chicago, USA), Jana Iverson
(University of Pittsburg, USA), Paul Harris (Harvard University, USA), Judy Reilly (San Diego State University, USA),
Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon (University of Stirling, UK) and Marianne Gullberg (MPI Nijmegen, The Netherlands).
We invite you to submit proposals for symposia, individual papers or posters of original, previously unpublished
research on all aspects of multimodal communication in children, including:
- Gestures and language development, both typical and atypical
- Emotional development, both typical and atypical
- Multimodality of communication and bilingualism
- Gestural and/or emotional communication in non-human and human primates
- Multimodality of communication and didactics
- Multimodality of communication in the classroom
- Multimodality of communication and brain development
- Prosodic (emotional) aspects of language and communication development
- Pragmatic aspects of multimodality development
Submissions in areas related to the development of multimodality in typical and atypical children (gestures, emotions, language and cognition)
not listed above are also welcome. Specific time slots will be devoted to methodological sessions (annotation systems for gestural and
emotional movements, etc.), so submissions are also expected in this area. Similarly, the conference organizers plan to devote separate
slots to poster sessions in order to give junior researchers an opportunity to present their work.
All abstracts must be submitted either in French or in English, the two languages of the conference.
Simultaneous translation will be provided during the three days of the conference for the guest talks, as well as
for some of the symposia sessions.