Bi-SLI 2015

Bilingualism and Specific Language Impairment

The identification of Specific Language Impairment (SLI) in children growing up in bilingual contexts poses a major challenge for researchers, and has clear clinical and educational repercussions: How do we know if a child’s language difficulties are due to SLI or due to insufficient exposure to the language being assessed? Bi-SLI 2015 aims to bring together all researchers who wish to share results of studies on language development in children acquiring language in contexts of bilingualism associated with SLI (Bi-SLI) and on how these can be distinguished from contexts of bilingualism associated with typical development (Bi-TD). European COST Action IS0804 "Language Impairment in a Multilingual Society: Linguistics Patterns and the Road to Assessment" ( developed a series of tools, dubbed LITMUS (Language Impairment Testing in Multilingual Settings), designed to disentangle Bi-SLI from Bi-TD by tapping specific linguistic and executive function skills. Part of the conference will be specifically devoted to results on LITMUS tasks. In addition to oral presentations, Bi-SLI 2015 will include a poster session.

Important date:

Registration DEADLINE: June 10th, 2015


Location: François Rabelais University, Tours, France - TA EXT Amphi 1 (site Tanneurs)

Dates: July 2-3, 2015

Organizing Committee: Lætitia de Almeida, Sandrine Ferré, Éléonore Morin, Philippe Prévost, Christophe dos Santos, Laurie Tuller, and Rasha Zebib

This conference is being organized by the Language Group of Team 1, Imagery and Brain U930, INSERM & University François-Rabelais.


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