Call for Papers: Crosslinguistic Perspectives on Processing and Learning (X-PPL) 2020

X-PPL 2020 postponed to summer 2021

We regret to announce that X-PPL 2020 has to be postponed to summer 2021 due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.

A separate call for papers will be posted for next year's conference in early 2021. 




In the past few decades, there has been increasing evidence suggesting that the distribution of linguistic features among the world’s languages is influenced by processing principles of the human mind and brain and that, conversely, processing and cognition may be shaped by the specific linguistic experiences we are exposed to. Although it has not yet reached mainstream research, the cross-linguistic study of language processing and learning has received more attention in recent years.

The Crosslinguistic Perspectives on Processing and Learning workshop (X-PPL) aims to fill this gap and provide a platform for cross-linguistic research on language processing and learning. X-PPL 2020 will be held at the University of Zurich, August 31 – September 1, 2020.

We invite contributions for 20-minute talks on the interface of linguistic diversity and language processing, encompassing production, comprehension, and acquisition. Specifically, we invite contributions presenting new evidence on: 

  • whether and how grammars are shaped by (cognitive and neurobiological) constraints on processing, learning, and external pressures
  • whether and how the different grammatical properties of linguistic systems might afford the application of different processing and learning strategies

We welcome in particular:

  • studies examining production, comprehension, or developmental phenomena in one or more language(s) chosen for differences in their grammatical characteristics
  • experimental studies on under-researched languages providing implications for existing processing and acquisition theories
  • studies providing processing-based or learning-based explanations of language change and typological distributions

Keynote speakers:

Abstracts should be submitted as PDFs, no later than 15th April 2020, and should not exceed one A4 page (one additional page for interlinear-glossed examples, references, and figures is allowed).


  • Carmen Saldana
  • Caroline Andrews
  • Sebastian Sauppe
  • Jekaterina Mazara
  • Balthasar Bickel
  • Sabine Stoll