ISMBS 2021

Call for papers


Plenary Lectures

Social Events

Martin J. Ball Award

The Venue



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About Lafayette


International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech (ISMBS) 2021

The International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech is a biennial conference hosting 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, gestural language, educational linguistics, and the application of new technologies. Theoretical, experimental, observational, and computational contributions are welcome.


ISMBS 2021 will be held on 18-21 February 2021 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (here), following Mardi Gras.




This is the 4th ISMBS conference following ISMBS 2015 (here), ISMBS 2017 (here), and ISMBS 2019 (here).

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'.  

Plenary Lectures 
Ruth Bahr, University of South Florida (here)

Viorica Marian, Northwestern University (here)

Silvina Montrul, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (here)

Janna B. Oetting, Louisiana State University (here)

Special Lecture
Nicole Müller, University College Cork (here), Martin J. Ball, Bangor University (here) 

Phon Workshop
Yvan Rose, Memorial University of Newfoundland (here)

The Martin J. Ball Award (here)
The award is given for the best student paper presented at the International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech and it includes a prize of $400.

Submission of full papers is optional. Full papers are welcome to be submitted after the Symposium (by 31 May 2021) for publication in special issues of the Journal of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech (Equinox Publishing) (here). Brief articles (4-5 pages/2,500-3,500 words) may be submitted after the symposium, by 15 April 2021, for publication in the ISMBS 2021 Proceedings.

International Scientific Committee (here)

Organizing Committee (here)

Important Dates
Abstract submission deadline: 1 October 2021
Notification: 1 November 2021