20.2839, Calls: Phonology, Typology/Germany

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Subject: 20.2839, Calls: Phonology, Typology/Germany

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Date: 21-Aug-2009
From: Rene Schiering < rene at punksinscience.org >
Subject: Prosodic Typology: State of the Art & Future Prospects

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Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 10:14:17
From: Rene Schiering [rene at punksinscience.org]
Subject: Prosodic Typology: State of the Art & Future Prospects

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Full Title: Prosodic Typology: State of the Art & Future Prospects 
Short Title: Prosodic Typology 

Date: 24-Feb-2010 - 26-Feb-2010
Location: Berlin, Germany 
Contact Person: René Schiering
Meeting Email: rene at punksinscience.org
Web Site: http://www2.hu-berlin.de/dgfs/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology; Typology 

Call Deadline: 31-Aug-2009 

Meeting Description:

The study of prosody is traditionally concerned with suprasegmental features such as stress, tone, intonation and quantity. More recently, its scope has been expanded to include any phonological phenomenon sensitive to the domains of the prosodic hierarchy (ranging from the syllable to the utterance). In the course of this development, a number of theoretical frameworks have been developed which make strong claims about possible prosodic systems and their architecture. While the predictions are clear, the cross-linguistic evidence is often less so, especially since too often generalizations are based on a narrow language sample from better-known European languages. 

Call for Papers:

Phonologists, typologists, and experts on individual languages are invited to submit abstracts addressing, among others, the following key questions in prosodic typology: 

1) Which phenomena should be subsumed under the term 'prosodic'? E.g. is it reasonable to treat stress domains on a par with segmental assimilation processes? (cf. Bickel et al. 2009) 

2) Can existing descriptive frameworks capture the attested diversity in prosodic systems? E.g. does ToBI provide an adequate means for cross-linguistic comparison? (cf. Jun 2005) 

3) Are phonological theories capable of handling typological variation? E.g. can derivational approaches which assign metrical grids before intonational pitch-accents account for cases like Kuot? (cf. Lindström & Remijsen 2005) 

Abstracts should be anonymous and should not exceed 1 page in length (an additional page for data and/or references can be added). Please send your abstracts electronically in pdf- and doc- or rtf-format to rene at punksinscience.org. Include your name, affiliation and the title of the abstract in the body of the e-mail. 

The workshop is organized by Gabriele Müller and René Schiering (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster). It takes place as part of the annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (German Linguistic Society, DGfS) in Berlin between February 24th and 26th, 2010: http://www2.hu-berlin.de/dgfs/. We encourage participants to present in English. Presentations at multiple workshops during DGfS are generally not approved of. 

Keynote Speakers:

Daniel L. Everett, Illinois State University (tbc)
Janet Fletcher, University of Melbourne (tbc)


Bickel, Balthasar, Kristine A. Hildebrandt & René Schiering (2009). The Distribution of Phonological Word Domains: A Probabilistic Typology. In Phonological Domains. Universals and Deviations, Janet Grijzenhout & Baris Kabak (eds.), 47-74. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 

Jun, Sun-Ah (ed.) (2005). Prosodic Typology. The Phonology of Intonation and Phrasing. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lindström, Eva and Bert Remijsen (2005). Aspects of the Prosody of Kuot, a Language where Intonation Ignores Stress. Linguistics 43: 839-870.

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