Welcome to the International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech!

The International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech 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, psycholinguistics, 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 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 …’. 

Information on the previous Symposium is given here: ISMBS 2015

ISMBS 2017

The International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech 2017 (ISMBS 2017) will be held on 4-7 September 2017 at the Great Arsenali Conference Center, located in the old Venetian harbor of Chania [xa'ɲa] on the island of Crete, Greece.

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

Plenary Speakers

John Archibald, University of Victoria, Canada
Katherine Demuth, Macquarie University, Australia
Fiona Gibbon, University College Cork, Ireland

Elena Nicoladis, University of Alberta, Canada
Marilyn Vihman, University of York, UK

Special Lecture (here)

Nicole Müller and Martin J. Ball
University College Cork (Ireland),
Linköping University (Sweden)

Panel Discussion (here) 

Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan (moderator)
Kleanthes K. Grohmann, University of Cyprus
Margaret Kehoe-Winkler, University of Geneva

Brechtje Post, University of Cambridge
Martha Young-Scholten, Newcastle University

Call for papers (here)

Important Dates

Abstract submission: 10 October 2016 - 10 February 2017
Date of notification: by 10 March 2017