27.3757, Calls: Phonetics, Phonology/Poland

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Subject: 27.3757, Calls: Phonetics, Phonology/Poland

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Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:01:29
From: Ewa Waniek-Klimczak [ewaklim at uni.lodz.pl]
Subject: Usage-based Phonology

Full Title: Usage-based Phonology 

Date: 01-Dec-2016 - 03-Dec-2016
Location: Lodz, Poland 
Contact Person: Linda Shockey
Meeting Email: L.Shockey at reading.ac.uk
Web Site: http://filolog.uni.lodz.pl/accents 

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology 

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2016 

Meeting Description:

The phonology of an individual is created by many forces. Universal phonology
suggests that a language will reflect contrasts which are distinctive and will
achieve a balance between segmental and suprasegmental components. A given
language will select from the universally available options with distinct
biases: syllables have a tendency to be open, obstruents have a tendency to be
voiceless, especially if syllable-final, vowels tend to be non-nasal. Beyond
these structural characteristics, both production and perception of speech
sounds is influenced by language use. An example is found in casual speech
processes: a native speaker of whatever language will be able to produce and
understand variant pronunciations of a lexical item. Speakers of English, for
example, easily recognise [ˈmaʊntn̩], [ˈmaʊ̃tn̩], and [ˈmaʊ̃ʔn̩] as valid
tokens of “mountain”. This language-specific, context-dependent, dynamic
phonological knowledge is acquired through language use and is not dependent
on sound structure alone: frequency of use, prosody, and semantic content are
important as well as grammatical category. This session will look at the
relative contribution of formal lexical representation and usage factors to

Call for Papers:

Proposals for papers are now invited for the Usage-based Phonology thematic
session at Accents 2016. Please send two copies of your abstract of up to 400
words (excluding references) to accents at uni.lodz.pl, mentioning the title of
the session, and name and affiliation written under the title in one copy. The
proposals will go through the process of peer review, after which
notifications of acceptance will be sent out by October 15, 2016. Each author
can propose two contributions provided that one of them is co-authored. Papers
are given 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion.


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