International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech 2015   (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.

ISMBS 2015 was held on 7-10 September 2015  at the Great Arsenali Conference Center in Chania, Greece.

The Symposium featured five plenary talks, a special lecture, eighty-five oral talks, thirty-seven poster presentations, and a panel discussion with the active participation of the audience. Four early career research awards were given to promising researchers.

Author affiliations covered thirty-eight countries in Africa, North and South America, Asia, Australia, Europe and New Zealand. Thirty-eight languages are researched in the papers presented at ISMBS 2015, some of which like Bengali, Comorian, Farsi, Maori and Swahili are not as common in the literature (here).   

Plenary Speakers (here)
Martin J. Ball, Linköping University
Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk, Adam Mickiewicz University
Margaret Kehoe-Winkler, University of Geneva
Ineke Mennen, University of Graz
Mehmet Yavaş, Florida International University

Special Lecture (here)
B. May Bernhardt and Joseph P. Stemberger, University of British Columbia

Panel Discussion (here)
A panel discussion with the participation of the audience was moderated by David Ingram of Arizona State University. 

Publications (here)

Early Career Research Awards
 
(here)
Four early career research awards were granted to promising researchers. 

Organizing Committee
Elena Babatsouli, co-chair (Institute of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech)
David Ingram, co-chair (Arizona State University)
Ferenc Bunta (University of Houston)
Aris Meletiou (Technical University of Crete)
Dimitrios Sotiropoulos (Technical University of Crete)