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Welcome to the Institute of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech!

The Institute of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech (ISMBS) aims at the advancement and dissemination of scientific knowledge on monolingual, bilingual/multilingual acquisition and use in typical and atypical speech, in childhood and adulthood. 

ICPC 2018ICPC 2018ISMBS is proud to be hosting the International Child Phonology Conference (ICPC) 2018 (here) on 18-20 June 2018 in Chania, Crete, Greece. Following the conference, there will be a full-day excursion (here).

The child phonology conference covers all aspects of children's language development and use in L1, bilingualism, multilingualism, dialects, and early second language acquisition, in typical and atypical contexts. ICPC encourages a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach across phonology, phonetics, relationships between phonological development and other aspects of language acquisition, production and perception, psycholinguistics, cognitive linguistics, neurolinguistics, clinical phonetics and linguistics, sign language, acoustics, computational modelling, educational linguistics, and the application of new technologies. Theoretical, experimental, observational, and computational contributions are welcome. Oral presentations receive maximum exposure: one session at a time - no parallel sessions. 

We look forward to seeing you in Chania and we hope that your participation in the conference will prove stimulating, fruitful, and enjoyably memorable, as in Demosthenes' words 'small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises'.  

ISMBS has organized two international conferences: ISMBS 2017 and ISMBS 2015. The International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech (ISMBS) hosts original research on the acquisition and use of first language, second language, bilingual, and dialectal speech, child and adult, normal and disordered. The Symposium encourages a multidisciplinary exchange of ideas across phonology, phonetics, morphology, syntax, psycholinguistics, cognitive linguistics, clinical phonetics and linguistics, speech pathology, acoustics, neurolinguistics, educational linguistics, and the application of new technologies. Theoretical, experimental, observational, and computational contributions are welcome.

ISMBS sprang from yearning for a specialized conference on speech that cuts across dividing boundaries between language sub-fields: first language, second language, bilingual, multilingual; child or adult; normal or disordered. The Symposium aspires to encourage investigations that widen existing horizons and perspectives, kindling a holistic viewpoint, fostering collaborations across the board and, ultimately, sparking innovative thought and approaches.

The Institute's and Symposium’s emblem depicts Demosthenes, a prominent statesman in ancient Athens of the 4th century B.C. As a child, Demosthenes suffered from rhotacism, a speech impediment whereby the rhotic was mispronounced as a lateral. He overcame this by practicing with pebbles in his mouth, and established himself as the greatest of Greek orators. As ‘a citizen of the world’ in his own words, he aptly epitomizes the outreach as well as the empirical and theoretical implications of this symposium in child and adult monolingual and bilingual speech, when he says: ‘as a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not, so men are proved by their speeches ...'

Elena Babatsouli, Director