Bi/multilingualism and Specific Language Impairment (Developmental Language Disorder)


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Thank you to all attendees for a successful 2024 edition of BiSLI!

Bi-SLI 2024 is the 5th Bi-SLI conference focussing on research related to language acquisition in bi/multilingual children with SLI/DLD, as compared to language acquisition in typically developing bi/multilingual children. The conference will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on the 15th and 16th of May 2024.

It is estimated that more people are bi/multilingual than monolingual. However, while speech and language therapists (SLTs) are successful in identifying monolingual children with SLI/DLD, there is evidence of bi/multilingual children being both under- and over- diagnosed with SLI/DLD. Young, typically developing bi/multilingual children can exhibit language patterns similar to monolingual children with SLI/DLD depending upon the pattern of exposure to their languages. Contributing to the difficulty of properly diagnosing bi/multilingual children is the fact that due to recent migrations, bi/multilingual children now form a significant proportion of SLT caseloads. Since they speak languages different to those spoken by practicing SLTs, diagnostic practice faces a challenge.

To address the issue of properly diagnosing bi/multilingual children with SLI/DLD in SLT caseloads, the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action IS0804 'Language Impairment in Multilingual Society' developed the LITMUS (Language Impairment Testing in Multilingual Settings) tools series that were designed to facilitate the identification of SLI/DLD in bi/multilingual children (LITMUS Tools | LITMUS in Action,

We would like to invite researchers who wish to share findings related to language acquisition in bilingual/multilingual children with SLI/DLD as compared to bilingual/multilingual children that are typically developing.

Key dates

Abstract submission deadline

20 December 2023

Abstract acceptance notification

29 February 2024

Preliminary program

March 2024

Registration closes

6 May 2024

Confirmed keynote speakers

Guidelines for presentations

  • Types of presentations: 1) paper, 2) poster.
  • Length of paper presentations: 20 minutes (plus 5 minutes for discussion).
  • Poster format: Portrait. Poster size: A0 maximum.


You can find all abstracts through the following links for TALKS and POSTERS.

Day 1






Keynote Kerry Ebert: Leveraging cognitive profiles of DLD in a linguistically diverse society


Coffee break


Presentation Ute Bohnacker
Using the LITMUS language tasks with bilinguals in Sweden: A study of nonword repetition, vocabulary and narrative macrostructure in Arabic/Swedish- and Turkish/Swedish-speaking children with and without a diagnosis of DLD


Presentation N. Gagarina, A. Grimm, T. Rinker, & A.-L. Scherger
How does language exposure matter in bilingual TD and DLD children?  A large-scale study with two German LITMUS tools


Presentation Lally, S., Mc Menamin, R. & Antonijevic-Elliott, S.
Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) in research study exploring the use of SRep task for language assessment of Polish-English bilingual children growing up in Ireland




Poster session 1


Presentation Blumenthal, M., Verbeek, L., Mostaert, C., Leysen, H., Segers, I. & van der Zijden, L.
How to assess speech sounds in multilingual children as a non-native speaker?


Presentation Chiara Boila, Sandrine Ferré, Angela Grimm & Christophe dos Santos
The production of word-initial clusters in typically-developing monolingual and bilingual children and bilingual children diagnosed as DLD: Evidence from German and French


Presentation Lisa Verbeek, Tijs Kleemans, Constance Vissers, Eliane Segers, & Ludo Verhoeven
L1–L2 Phonological Skills Predict L2 Emergent Literacy in Bilingual Children with Developmental Language Disorders


Coffee break


Presentation Draško Kašćelan, & María del Carmen Parafita Couto
What do we know about code-switching by neurodivergent individuals? Findings from a scoping review


Presentation Elma Blom, Gülşah Yazıcı, Tessel Boerma & Merel van Witteloostuijn
Using MAIN to study language mixing by bilingual Turkish-Dutch children with and without Developmental Language Disorder


Presentation Ellen Van Den Heuvel, Lotte Van den Eynde, Esra Cetinkaya, Fien Crispel, Else De Clercq, Dorothy De Maesschalck, Laura Opdecam, Lut Schelpe, Eva Cloet, & Inge Zink
Exploring semantic-pragmatic challenges in bilingual children with and without DLD using the Action Picture Test


Conference diner @ Djakarta

Day 2




Presentation Lina Abed Ibrahim, Elna Haffner, Cornelia Hamann & Solveig Chilla
German LITMUS sentence-repetition task: The role of syntactic complexity and working memory


Presentation Jiuzhou Hao, Patrick Sturt, Jason Rothman, & Vicky Chondrogianni
Having, accessing, and uptaking syntactic representation: Priming as a learning index in various child populations


Presentation Rob Zwitserlood, Ingrid Singer, & Annemarie Kerkhoff
Effectiveness of a serious game for grammatical therapy in mono- and multilingual children with DLD


Coffee break


Presentation Jasmijn Stolvoort, Pim Mak, Rick de Graaff, Johanne Paradis, & Elena Tribushinina
Was grandpa demolishing an old house or did he demolish an old house? Comprehension of grammatical aspect by multilinguals with and without DLD.


Presentation Nebiye Hilal Șan, Lina Abed Ibrahim, Cornelia Hamann, & Solveig Chilla
Subordination in Turkish Heritage Children with and without Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)




Poster session 2


Presentation Julie Daelman, Kristiane Van Lierde, Lut Willems, Manon Evrard, & Evelien D’haeseleer
Dynamic Assessment of Narratives: Identification of Developmental Language Disorders in Bilingual Dutch-speaking Children in Flanders.


Presentation Salomé Schwob, & Katrin Skoruppa
Dynamic assessment in bilingual and monolingual children with and without developmental language disorder


Presentation Lotte Van den Eynde, Ellen Rombouts, Maaike Vandermosten, & Inge Zink
Development of a language assessment protocol for bilingual children with DLD


Coffee break


Presentation Cécile De Cat, Laurie Tuller, Drasko Kašćelan, Philippe Prévost, Ludovica Serratrice, & Sharon Unsworth
Using Q-BEx as a Triage Tool


Keynote Natalia Meir: Individual Differences in Bilingual Typical and Atypical Language Acquisition: A Closer Look into bilingual DLD and ASD


Registration for Bi-SLI is now open. Early bird registration has closed. Late registration closes on 6 May 2024. The student rate applies to graduate and undergraduate students. Please register by filling in the form.

Late staff/professionals

200 euro

Late students

130 euro

Please register by filling in the form. If the maximum number of registrations has been reached, you will receive a message that you can contact the organization to be placed on the reserve list.


BiSLI 2024 will take place at Utrecht Science Park, in the Van Lier and Egginkzaal of the Administration Building (address: Heidelberglaan 8). From Utrecht city center, this location can be easily reached by public transport through an extensive network of bus lines (most prominently bus 28) and tram 22. It is just 15 minutes by tram or bus from Utrecht Central Station. The nearest bus and tram stop, just in front of the Administration Building, is called ‘Heidelberglaan’. More information about the accessibility of Utrecht Science Park can be found here.

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Van Lier en Egginkzaal, Bestuursgebouw, Utrecht Science Park

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