The International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech (ISMBS) 2022 took place on 6-9 April 2022. This was a hybrid conference with both on site and online presentations and events at the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Université des Acadiens et Créoles).
The International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech (ISMBS) is a biennial conference hosting original research on the acquisition and use of first language, second language, bilingual, and dialectal speech, child and adult, typical and atypical. 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, sociolinguistics and the application of new technologies. Theoretical, experimental, observational, and computational contributions are welcome.
ISMBS has convened three times in the past (2019, 2017 and 2015) in the town of Chania on the island of Crete in Greece. The inaugural symposium in 2015 was co-chaired by Professor Emeritus David Ingram of Arizona State University and the University of British Columbia.
Welcome to Cajun land
ISMBS 2022 would like to welcome you to the land of Cajuns: [arˈkas] → [akaˈdiã] → [kaˈdjã] → [ˈkædjã] → [keɪˈʤã] → Cajuns [ˈkheɪʤənz]. From etymological Arcadia (Greece) to the French speaking Acadia (Canada), to the bilingual English-Louisiana French Acadiana (Louisiana, USA), the idyllic but not idle University of the Acadians (Cajuns) and Creoles, pinned on the lapel of Lafayette, is proud of the long history and unique culture of the place itself and its people. This is a history and culture that spreads out into the future high and low, far and wide in all directions, much like the branches of the Thousand Oaks that embrace it on campus.
Including remarkable wildlife, there is much to see, hear, and taste at UL Lafayette that is brimming with joie de vivre (joy of living) and envie (hunger), saying fortiter, feliciter, fideliter (boldly, happily, faithfully). Come join us to discuss Monolingual and Bilingual Speech topics, and take home a memory 'highlight' of 'this almost undiscovered emerald of the old south'.
C'est tout. Allons!
We hope that your visit and participation in the symposium will prove stimulating, fruitful, and enjoyably memorable, as in Demosthenes' words, "Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises."