Conference Description

This conference is meant as the starting point of a long-term research project which aims at providing the crosslinguistic grammar of monosyllables. The segmental and suprasegmental phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics of monosyllabic words, their discourse functions, diachrony, learnability, contact sensitivity, frequency effects etc. are investigated closely. Their impact on linguistic theory (for instance, syllable structure) is evaluated.

The conference brings together scholars of many schools of thought to exchange their views on monosyllable from as many angles as possible.

Invited speakers

Papers and Posters

Papers and posters on the following issues are welcome:

Papers and posters focusing on the properties of monosyllables in individual languages are welcome.

Submission of abstracts for section papers or posters (600 words maximum, with title and author identified) should be addressed to by 30 June 2009. You will be notified of the acceptance/non-acceptance by 31 July 2009. At the current state of affairs listing of abstracts does not necessarily indicate acceptance.


The conference will be hosted by the University of Bremen (Germany) and is organised by the Institute of General and Applied Linguistics (IAAS) of the University of Bremen. The conference is scheduled for September 28–30, 2009 and forms part of a series of fifteen international conferences on the occasion of the Festival of languages (Bremen/Germany, 17 September – 7 October, 2009), also organised by the Institute of General and Applied Linguistics (IAAS) at the University of Bremen.

For details on various aspects of the venue please consult the following pages:


There are plans for the conference proceedings be published with a major publishing house.

Conference fees

The fees for this conference are as follows:

Conference fees
  Full rate Student rate
until 15/8/2009 € 100.00 € 50.00
after 15/8/2009 € 150.00 € 75.00

In case you are in interested in attending other conventions of our "conference marathon" you should follow this link: Conference Fees Summary.


Please note that you can register for more than one conference in one booking. For details on the registraton procedure please consult Registration.