Portuguese is acquired across Africa, Europe and South America both as L1 (Pires & Rothman 2009; Pires, Rothman and Santos 2011; Gonçalves et al. 2018; Teixeira & Alves 2022) and as an L2 (Madeira 2016; Flores, Rinke & Rato 2017; Flores et al. 2019). While Portuguese has a rather uniform written standard, ultimately the varieties acquired and the contexts they are acquired in, are vastly different. This plurality of varieties brings its challenges, particularly for controlled settings of L2 acquisition (Formato 2018). At the same time, this situation invites an in-depth comparison and promises interesting findings on the nature of language acquisition in general.

This workshop aims at bringing together researchers working on L1 and L2 acquisition of Portuguese in uncontrolled and controlled settings. The goal is to discuss current developments in the field and to uncover possible cross-varietal implications from different acquisition scenarios. Contributions may address L1 and L2 acquisition of any domain of grammar in controlled and uncontrolled settings. Comparative work across varieties, but also with other languages, is especially welcome, as is work on the acquisition of Portuguese in African countries.

Keynote speakers:

  • Susana Correia (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
  • Elaine Grolla (USP)
  • Esther Rinke (University of Frankfurt)

Call for Papers

We invite anonymous abstract submissions for oral presentations or posters via Easyabs. Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words (excluding references), a second page containing examples, graphs or tables may be included. Please submit a word or pdf file. Abstracts can be submitted in Portuguese or English. Each abstract will be reviewed by two reviewers.

Multiple submissions: Any one person can submit up to two abstracts, they may be the first author of only one submission and can be co-author/presenter on another one.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 19 June 2023  EXTENDED to 5th of July 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 July 2023 
  • The workshop will take place on 16-17 November 2023


Flores, Cristina, Esther Rinke & Anabela Rato. 2017. Comparing the Outcomes of Early and Late Acquisition of European Portuguese: An Analysis of Morpho-syntactic and Phonetic Performance. Heritage Language Journal 14(2), 124–149.

Flores, Cristina; Ana Lúcia Santos; Laetitia de Almeida; Alice Jesus & Rui Marques. 2019. Chapter 2. Portuguese as a heritage language in contact with German and French: A comparative study on the acquisition of verbal mood. In: Ingo Feldhausen, Martin Elsig, Imme Kuchenbrandt & Mareike Neuhaus (eds.), Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory: Selected Papers From “Going Romance” 30, Frankfurt, vol. 15, 36–52. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Formato, Giuseppe. 2018. How Language Variety and Motivation Impact Language Acquisition in Adult Heritage Learners of Portuguese. European Journal of Foreign Language Teaching 3(3), 52–67.

Gonçalves, Anabela; Santos, Ana Lúcia; Duarte, Inês & Justino, Víctor. 2018. The Acquisition of Infinitival Complements to Causative Verbs in Mozambican Portuguese. In: Santos, Ana Lúcia & Anabela Gonçalves (eds.), Complement Clauses in Portuguese. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 295–320.

Pires, Acrisio & Rothman, Jason (eds). 2009. Minimalist Inquiries into Child and Adult Language Acquisition: Case Studies across Portuguese. Berlin, New York: De Gruyter Mouton.

Pires, Acrisio; Rothman, Jason & Santos, Ana Lúcia. 2011. L1 acquisition across Portuguese dialects: Modular and interdisciplinary interfaces as sources of explanation. Lingua 121(4), 605–622.

Teixeira, Elisângela N. & Alves, Michele C. dos S. 2022. Psycholinguistic studies: language acquisition and processing. In: Kabatek, Johannes & Albert Wall (eds.), Manual of Brazilian Portuguese Linguistics. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2022, 579–614.

Madeira, Ana. 2016. Second Language Acquisition. In: Wetzels, W. Leo, João Costa & Sérgio Menuzzi (eds.), The Handbook of Portuguese Linguistics. Malden: Wiley Blackwell, 578–590.