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Center for Language Learning, Department of Language and Communication, University of Southern Denmark, is organizing 15. Nordiske Symposium om Børnesprog [15th Nordic Symposium on Child Language]. The symposium will take place at the University of Southern Denmark from May 23-24, 2018. The symposium is an interdisciplinary meeting place for researchers and practitioners within the fields of speech and language therapy, linguistics, psychology, and other professionals with an interest in child language. The symposium will cover a variety of themes related to child language acquisition and general learning in school, for example:

  • the relationship between language development in the preschool years and later acquisition of written language/reading skills
  • the influence of persistent language difficulties on the acquisition of written language/reading skills
  • bilingual children’s acquisition of written language/reading skills
  • deaf and hearing impaired children's acquisition of written language/reading skills

Invited plenary speakers:

Birgitta Sahlén, Lund University, Sweden: “Kommunikativ och språklig utveckling hos barn med hörselnedsättning - i ett nordiskt perspektiv”. See abstract here.

Vibeke Grøver, University of Oslo, Norway: “"Tospråklige (minoritetsspråklige) barn i barnehagen - i et nordisk perspektiv". See abstract here.

Carsten Elbro, University of Copenhagen, Denmark: “Kendte og mindre kendte sproglige forudsætninger for læsning - i et nordisk perspektiv”.  See abstract here.


See our pamphlet in English concerning the symposium here.


We are looking forward to seeing you in Odense.


See the publication: Laila Kjærbæk & Annette Esbensen (red.) (2019). Nordic Child Language. Temanummer af: RASK – International Journal of Language and Communication 49, Spring 2019. See here.


This Symposium is supported by the Carlsberg foundation, the Oticon Foundation, the GN Store Nord Foundation & Inspiring Denmark.


15th Nordic Symposium on Child Language

May 23-24, 2018

Registration for Symposium

Last Updated 06.09.2022