About the Journal


Elena Babatsouli, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA

Martin J. Ball, Bangor University & Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Wales

The Journal of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech (JMBS) provides a venue for the publication of original research articles on the scientific study of child and adult spoken language during acquisition or practice in monolingual, bilingual, second language and dialectal contexts, spanning normal and disordered speech, and sign language. The journal aims at establishing multidisciplinary links between psycholinguistics, cognitive and neuro-linguistics, clinical linguistics, speech pathology, educational linguistics, sociolinguistics, and the application of new technologies.

The journal constitutes a unique publishing outlet in that it also encourages investigations across the dividing boundaries between speech research sub-fields and their various, often not indisputably classifiable, gradient types (cf. monolingual vs. multi/bilingual vs. second language) that has chiefly led to the compartmentalization of theoretical and applied approaches, affecting resulting research findings. The journal’s intention is to kindle a holistic viewpoint among researchers, and crosslinguistically, fostering collaborations across the board, and enabling cross-field associations. The journal nurtures the identification of common threads which may ultimately spark innovative thought on what is involved in speech as the blend of genetic, cognitive, and social endowments that it is. It encourages research in a variety of living languages (main, minority, heritage), endangered languages, dialects, and idiolects, from scientists worldwide. JMBS ultimately aspires to promote academic work that links extant or new theoretical findings with hands-on approaches to speech, thus simplifying the theoretical implications of research and making specific recommendations for practical use where this is required, e.g., in bilingual education, second/foreign language pedagogy, special education, in assessment and intervention of speech-language pathology, translation.

Theoretical, experimental, observational, and computational contributions across phonology, phonetics, morphology, syntax, the lexicon, semantics, and pragmatics are welcome. The journal publishes full research articles (max. 9,000 words), review articles (max. 9,000 words), research notes (max. 4,000 words), and book reviews. Special issues are also considered.

Three issues per volume year as of 2022.

Commencing 2019

ISSN 2631-8407 (Print)
ISSN 2631-8415 (Online)