MONDAY 15th Jun

9:00 Conference opening

9:15 Keynote 1:

Sharon Armon – Lotem (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)

Taking the LITMUS tools beyond disentangling bilingualism and DLD: The role of memory in DLD

10:00 NUI Galway President’s address

10:15 – 10:30 BREAK

10:30 – 11:30 Session 1:

10:30 Elena Tribushinina, (Utrecht University, Netherlands)

How do children with DLD learn a second language in limited-input settings?

10:50 Salomé Schwob & Katrin Skoruppa (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)

Identifying bilingual children with Developmental Language Disorder: The challenges of using standardised tests in both languages in French-Portuguese bilinguals

11:10 Sini Smolander1 2, Marja Laasonen 1 3, Eva Arkkila 1 Pekka Lahti-Nuuttila 1 & Sari Kunnari 2 (1Helsinki University Hospital and University of Helsinki; Finalnd 2 University of Oulu, Finland; 3 University of Turku, Finland)

Exposure and age of onset affect differently L2 vocabulary acquisition of sequentially bilingual children with TD and DLD (HelSLI study)

11:30 – 13:00 LUNCH BREAK

13:00 – 13:30 Poster Session 1

Poster 1

Lauren Woulfe & Rena Lyons (National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland)

The Experiences of multilingual adolescents living in a small town in Ireland

Poster 2: Charlotte Mostaert & Heleene Leysen (Department of Speech and Language Therapy and Audiology, Thomas More, Belgium)

How to identify bilingual children with developmental language disorder?

13:40 – 15:00 Session 2:

13:40 Luca Cilibrasi (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)

Nonword repetition in Czech-English bilingual children. The interaction of working memory and phonological complexity

14:00 Ciara O’Toole (University College Cork, Ireland)

Comprehension and production of nouns and verbs in Irish and English: The profile of bilingual children in the Gaeltacht

14:20 Chantal Mayer-Crittenden & Céline St-Onge (Laurentian University, Canada)

Learning a minority language in an English world: A longitudinal study of bilingual language knowledge by school-age children

14:40 Vicky Chondrogianni, Morna Butcher & Maria Garaffa (1University of Edinburgh, UK; 2NHS Scotland,UK; 3Heriot-Watt University, UK)

Developing syntactic abilities in a minority language through immersion education

15:15 – 16:00 Social event: Learn some Irish dancing steps accompanied with live music

TUESDAY 16th Jun

9:00 Keynote 2:

Elma Blom (Utrecht University, Netherlands/Arctic University of Norway UiT)

Bilingual and disordered development: A window to the cognitive underpinnings of children’s language performance

9:45 – 10:00 BREAK

10:00 – 11:00 Session 3:

10:00 Kristen Schraeyen1,2, Silke Kellens2 & Pol Ghesquière (1Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, Thomas More University of Applied Sciences, Belgium; 2Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium)

Is there an impact of executive functioning on bilingual children's reading development? Evidence from a longitudinal study

10:20 Pekka Lahti-Nuuttila1, Marja Laasonen 1,3,4, Sini Smolander 4, 5, Sari Kunnari 5, Eva Arkkila1, 2, Elisabet Service 6, 4 (1Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Phoniatrics, Head and Neck Surgery, Helsinki, Finland; 2University of Helsinki, Finland; 3Department of Psychology and Speech-Language Pathology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Turku, Finland; 4Department of Psychology and Logopedics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland; 5University of Oulu, Finland; 6Centre for Advanced Research in Experimental and Applied Linguistics (ARiEAL)/Department of Linguistics and Languages, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada)

Nonverbal serial short-term memory moderates language growth of early sequentially bilingual children with developmental language disorder: Discoveries of the HelSLI study

10:40 Odelya Ohana & Sharon Armon Lotem (Bar Ilan University, Israel)

A Multicultural Questionnaire as an assessment tool for bilingual English-Hebrew speakers

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:00 Poster Session 2

Poster 3: Ailbhe Randle, Stanislava Antonijevic & John Walsh (National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland)

Sentence repetition in Irish


Poster 4: Maša Popovic, Maja Savic & Darinka Andjelkovic (University of Belgrade, Serbia)

Development of the Language-specific and the Cross-linguistic Nonword Repetition Task for the Serbian Language

12:00 – 13:40 LUNCH BREAK

13:40 – 15:00 Session 4:

13:40 Sonia Przygozka, Natalia Banasik-Jemielniak & Ewa Hamman (1Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw, Poland; 2Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland)

Polish Sentence Repetition Task: from long to short version

14:00 Cornelia Hamann1, Linda Abed Ibrahim1 and Solveig Chilla2 (1University of Oldenburg, Gemany; 2University of Flensburg, Germany)

A study of German LITMUS-SRT: Comparing Arabic speaking children with monolingual children with DLD

14:20 Saoirse Lally1, Natalia Benasik-Jemielniak2 & Stanislava Antonijevic1 (National Univeristy of Ireland Galway, Ireland; 2Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland)

Assessment of Polish-speaking children in Ireland using sentence repetition tasks

14:40 Philippe Prévost, Laurie Tuller, Christophe dos Santos, Sandrine Ferré, RAcha Zebib, Adeleine Gillet & Clémence Schoeny (1UMR 1253 iBrain, University of Tours, Inserm, France; 2University of Tours, France)

Developing and piloting reduced versions of LITMUS-SR-French and LITMUS-NWR-French

15:15 – 16:00 Social event: Learn some Irish dancing steps accompanied with live music



9:00 Keynote 3:

Theo Marinis (Universität Konstanz, Germany/University of Reading, UK)

Language and executive function abilities in bilingual children with Autism in Saudi Arabia: differences between ALN and ALI 

9:45 – 10:00 BREAK

10:00 – 11:00 Session 5:

10:00 Giuditta Smith, Chiara Finocchiaro and Maria Garraffa (1Universita' di Trento, Italy; 2Heriot-Watt University, UK)

The production of pronouns and other clinical markers by young adults with ASD speakers of a null subject language: a cross case study

10:20 Natalia Meir1 & Rama Novogrodsky 2(1Bar-Ilan University, Israel; 2University of Haifa, Israel)

Syntactic, lexical and narrative abilities of bilingual children with Autism: evidence from LITMUS Tasks

10:40 Heleen Leysen1, Charlotte Mostaert1, Tine Patteeuw2, Hilde Roeyers2, Ellen van den Heuvel3 & Inge Zink3 (1Department of Speech and Language Therapy and Audiology, Thomas More; 2Vives – Belgium; 3KU Leuven, Belgium)

What bilingual children’s first language can tell you – Identification of developmental language disorder

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:00 Poster session 3

Poster 5: Michela Bettinelli1 & Maja Kelic2 (1TreB, Italy; 2University of Rijeka, Croatia)

Mastering English L2 orthography: evidence from Italian and Croatian children with reading disorder

Poster 6: Joana Zawadka, Marlena Kurowska & Elzbieta Sadowska (University of Warsaw, Poland)

Speech therapy questionnaire for recognizing a child's language situation in the perspective of multilingualism and multiculturalism

12:00 – 13:40 LUNCH BREAK

13:40 – 14:40 Session 6:

13:40 Petra Schultz & Angela Grimm (Goethe University Germany)

Can phonology and sentential semantics be selectively impaired in bilingual children with SLI?

14:00 Anna – Lena Schreger (University of Hildesheim, Germany)

Non-word repetition, subject-verb agreement and case marking: testing LITMUS-tools with 7-year old German bilingual children with and without DLD


14:20 Kamila Polišenská & Shula Chiat (Univeristy of Manchester, UK; City, University of London, UK)

Is the Crosslinguistic Nonword Repetition Test valid crosslinguistically? Evidence from performance in different language groups and countries

15:15 – 16:00 Social event: Learn some Irish dancing steps accompanied with live music



9:00 – 9:45 Keynote 4:

Natalia Gagarina (ZAS, Berlin, Germany/Upsala University, Sweden)

LITMUS - MAIN: Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives: cross-linguistic use eight years later

9:45 – 10:00 BREAK

10:00 – 11:00 Session 7

10:00 Yasar Kirgiz (University of Potsdam, Germany)

Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives in Kurmanji

10:20 Mary Pat O’Malley, Meabh O’Connell, Ailbhe Randle & Stanislava Antonijevic (National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland)

Adaptation of MAIN to Irish and the influence of language exposure on narrative macrostructure

10:40 Emily Hunt, Suzanne Meldrum, Charn Nang and Elizabeth Armstrong (Edith Cowan University, Australia)

Can dynamic assessment identify language disorder in multilingual children? Clinical applications from a systematic review

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:00 Poster session 4

Poster 7: Maren Eikerling (Scientific Institute IRCCS E. Medea, Associazione "La Nostra Famiglia", Bosisio Parini (LC))

The MultiMind web app - A modifiable, computerized system to identify the risk of Developmental Language Disorder and Developmental Dyslexia in bilingual children

Poster 8: Johana Garrido (Universidad Católica de Chile)

Types of language intervention for bilingual children with Primary Language Impairment


12:00 – 13:40 LUNCH BREAK

13:40 – 15:00 Session 8

13:40 Julie Franck & Helene Delage (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

Assessing Developmental Language Disorder in refugee children

14:00 Tanja Rinker,1 Theresa Bloder1 & Kathleen Plötner2 (1Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany; 2University of Potsdam, Germany)

Tracing lexical development in Italian-German children using CLT

14:20 Silvia Nieva1, Maddalena Caravelo,1 Isabel de los Reyes Rodríguez-Ortiz2 & Elin Thordardottir3 (1. Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, 2. University of Seville, Spain, 3. McGill University, Canada)

Family language policies: beliefs, emotions and practices in bilingual environments

14:40 Rena Lyons1 Antonijevic, S., Carroll, C., Dowd, P2., Flynn, C. 2, McGinty, C., Mc Menamin, R. 1, & O’Malley-Keighran, M. P.1 (1University of Ireland Galway, Ireland; 2HSE, Ireland)

Translating research into practice: A pilot study on assessment and diagnosis of multilingual children

15:15 – 16:00 Social event: Learn some Irish dancing steps accompanied with live music


MONDAY May 22nd

16:00 - 17:00 Business Meeting