The 7th International Symposium on the Acquisition of Second Language Speech

The 7th International Symposium on the Acquisition of Second Language Speech (New Sounds 2013) will take place on May 17-19, 2013, at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. New Sounds gathers researchers from all over the world to discuss issues related to the teaching and learning of second/foreign language (L2) phonetics, phonology, and pronunciation.

The conference will cover a variety of themes related to the acquisition of L2 phonetics, phonology, and pronunciation including:

  • speech perception and production
  • theories of L2 phonological learning
  • phonetics and phonology in SLA
  • acquisition of L2 phonotactics
  • multilingualism and the acquisition of post-L2 phonology
  • the application of new technologies to pronunciation teaching and learning
  • sociolinguistic, psycholinguistic, and neurolinguistic aspects of L2 phonological learning


• John Archibald, University of Victoria
• Debra Hardison, Michigan State University
• Murray Munro, Simon Fraser University


Proposals for papers and posters related to the acquisition of second language speech are invited.
Paper presentations will be 20 minutes each, followed by a 5-10-minute question-and-answer period. Posters will be presented on May 17 (Friday) and May 18 (Saturday).
Abstracts should not exceed 300 words (excluding references) and must be submitted by December 1, 2012. To submit your abstract, please use our on-line abstract submission system, which is provided on our website: Authors may submit one singly- authored and one jointly-authored paper abstract, or two jointly-authored paper abstracts, which will be peer-reviewed anonymously.


• Abstracts should contain: A title; a clear and explicit statement of the question/s or issue to be examined; a statement of the relevant research context and key references; a clear statement of the methodology adopted (if applicable), a summary of the conclusions reached and an assessment of their significance.
• To ensure anonymity, abstracts should not contain excessive references to its author's publications or acknowledgements for grants or to granting agencies.
• 300 word length (excluding the title and references).

1. The conference proceedings will be edited and published in The Concordia Papers in Applied Linguistics: The guidelines for the proceedings will be posted on the New Sounds 2013 website and will also be provided during the conference. The deadline for submission of papers for the proceedings is July 31, 2013.
2. We also encourage presenters to submit longer manuscripts based on their talks to be considered for a special issue of the La Revue canadienne des langues vivantes/The Canadian Modern Language Review on perception and production of second language speech. Further details will be provided at New Sounds 2013 and in a call for papers.

Submission deadline for abstracts: December 1, 2012
Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2013
Early registration: January 15 - February 15, 2013
Submission deadline for full papers for proceedings: July 31, 2013

For updates on the conference, please visit the New Sounds 2013 website regularly:

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