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PALA 2021

20th International Symposium of Processability Approaches to Language Acquisition
24 settembre 2021
25 settembre 2021
24-25 September 2021
Comunità universitaria
Ingresso libero con prenotazione

The event is postponed to September 24-25, 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Blended format; further information coming as soon as possible


PALA (Processability Approaches to Language Acquisition) is an international symposium held yearly at different universities around the world.
The symposium focuses on research and developments related to processability approaches to language acquisition, particularly second language acquisition and bilingualism/multilingualism research, empirical issues and practical applications.


  • Multilingual acquisition (including both standard and minority languages)
  • The PT hierarchy
  • Pragmatics/syntax-interface
  • Transfer and developmental stages
  • Role of PT in learning and teaching
  • Specific language impairment

The language of the symposium is English

Keynote speakers

  • Manfred Pienemann, Paderborn University
  • Gabriele Pallotti, University of Modena-Reggio Emilia

Call for papers - Deadlines and Submission

The Call for Papers ended on June 3, 2021

Conference registration

  • Participation to the conference is free, but it is mandatory to register
  • Due to the new rules regarding the Covid pandemic, the conference registration will open on September 01
  • Everyone will be notified via email and you will find the link here: Registration apply
    Link active on September 01 2021 until September 22 h. 12.00
  • Due  to the new rules regarding the Covid pandemic, the access to the Humanities Department is allowed only with the Green Pass or a negative covid test and the auto certification in the download box.
  • It is also possible to partecipate to the event by zoom. Please register to the link here: Zoom registration

Organising Committees

Marco Magnani, Federica Ricci Garotti, Fabiana Rosi (Main Organizers – University of Trento)
Daniele Artoni (University of Verona), Ermenegildo Bidese (University of Trento), Patrizia Cordin (University of Trento), Adalgisa Mingati (University of Trento), Manuela Moroni (University of Trento), Jacopo Saturno (University of Bergamo)

Scientific Committee

  • Ragnar Arntzen (Østfold University College, Norway)
  • Kristof Baten (The University of Ghent, Belgium)
  • Bruno Di Biase (Western Sydney University, Australia)
  • Bronwen Dyson (The University of Sydney, Australia)
  • Anna Flyman‐Mattsson (Lund University, Sweden)
  • Gisela Håkansson (Lund University, Sweden/Østfold University College, Norway)
  • Arnstein Hjelde (Østfold University College, Norway)
  • Yuki Itani-Adams (The Australian National University, Australia)
  • Louise Jansen (The Australian National University, Australia)
  • Satomi Kawaguchi (Western Sydney University, Australia)
  • Jörg‐U. Keßler (Ludwigsburg University of Education)
  • Anke Lenzing (Paderborn University, Germany)
  • Elisabeth Mayer (The Australian National University, Australia)
  • Manfred Pienemann (Paderborn University, Germany)
  • Ingo Plag (The University of Düsseldorf, Germany)
  • Yumiko Yamaguchi (Tokai University, Japan)
  • Yanyin Zhang (The Australian National University, Australia)

Accommodation - How to reach Trento

Hotels and Bed&Breakfast
To benefit of the special UniTrento rates, please follow this link to view the Hotel List

How to reach Trento
By car or coach:

  • Strada Statale dell'Abetone e del Brennero SS12; 
  • Autostrada del Brennero - A22 motorway; coming by A22 is necessary take the Trento Sud exit (Trento centro is closed) and follow the SS12 direction   Trento centro;
  • Superstrada della Valsugana for those coming from Venice SS47; 
  • Strada Statale 45 bis (Gardesana Occidentale) for those coming from Brescia

Parking: you can find a map here

By train:
Two main lines reach Trento:

  • the Brennero line (from Rome/Milano/etc. direction Bolzano/Austria)
  • ​the Valsugana line (only from Venice to Trento). Link to the timetable

Timetable and ticket details from Ferrovie dello Stato or Öbb-Italia

By plane
The closest airports to Trento are the following:
Verona Catullo Airport - 90 km 
Venezia Marco Polo - 170 km 
Bergamo - 180 km
Milano Linate - 245 km 
Milano Malpensa - 300km 

Town travel
Buses: the town has an efficient urban travel system run by Trentino Trasporti spa. Extra urban buses are run by the same company (visit Trentino Trasporti spa website).

Taxis can be caught anywhere in town or booked by calling the number (+39) 0461 930002.

Further information
The Trentino Region has many interesting monuments scattered all around the territory: museums, castles and attractions. Visit
To find out more about the town of Trento visit: or


Emailpala.lett [at]

Past PALA symposia

  • 2000 University of Sydney, Australia
  • 2001 The Australian National University, Australia
  • 2003 University of Western Sydney, Australia
  • 2004 University of Sassari, Italy
  • 2005 Deakin University, Australia
  • 2006 University of Malta
  • 2007 University of Newcastle, UK
  • 2008 University of Verona, Italy
  • 2009 Ludwigsburg University of Education, Germany
  • 2010 University of Western Sydney, Australia
  • 2011 University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • 2012 Ghent University, Belgium
  • 2013 University of Lund, Sweden
  • 2014 University of Paderborn, Germany
  • 2015 Høgskolen i Østfold, Norway
  • 2016 Tokai University & Chuo University, Japan / Western Sydney University, Australia 
  • 2017 Ludwigsburg University, Germany
  • 2018 University of Western Sydney, Australia / the Australian National University / Western Sydney University
  • 2019 University of Iceland, Reykjavík