29.3010, Calls: Anthro Ling, Historical Ling, Phonetics, Phonology, Socioling/USA

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Subject: 29.3010, Calls: Anthro Ling, Historical Ling, Phonetics, Phonology, Socioling/USA

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Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2018 13:04:19
From: Alan Yu [aclyu at uchicago.edu]
Subject: 5th Workshop on Sound Change

Full Title: 5th Workshop on Sound Change 
Short Title: WSC 5 

Date: 20-Jun-2019 - 22-Jun-2019
Location: Davis, California, USA 
Contact Person: Alan Yu
Meeting Email: wsc5uc at gmail.com
Web Site: https://sites.google.com/view/wsc5/home 

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology; Sociolinguistics 

Call Deadline: 25-Jan-2019 

Meeting Description:

The 5th International Workshop on Sound Change (WSC 5) will take place June
20-22, 2019, at the University of California, Davis. The WSC 5 is part of the
conference series held in conjunction with the 2019 Linguistic Institute at UC

The WSC began as a small meeting where researchers investigating aspects of
sound change from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives
could be brought together and work on substantive issues in the field and
share ideas and findings. The core idea behind the WSC 5 is to bring together
researchers working on sound change who come from a variety of different
backgrounds and disciplines to have conversations, integrate their
perspectives and insights, and make substantive progress on questions that
remain in the field. 

The Special theme of the 5th WSC is sound change in endangered and small
speech communities. Sound change research, as in most work in phonetics and
phonology, has focused on languages that have historically been dominant or
where speakers are easily accessible. The dynamics of language endangerment
and interaction between small groups of speakers may provide unique
opportunities for sound change to take place. Small speech communities have
different social factors than large communities, leading to phonetic and
cognitive influences to interact and diffuse in different ways when there are
fewer agents. How sound change might originate and diffuse in speech
communities of different sizes is poorly understood. Furthermore, endangered
and small languages are often heavily influenced by other languages and
cultures, making sound change more likely. In order to make useful models and
predictions about when and how sound change will occur, we need to explore
these patterns in diverse speech communities. 

In addition to the Special theme, the WSC 5 will be a place where scholars
come together and make substantive progress on outstanding theoretical
questions and issues in the field. General issues addressed at the workshop
often include questions regarding the identification of the sources of sound
change, and the mechanism of sound change propagation.

Call for Papers:

We welcome Abstracts from researchers investigating any aspect of sound change
from a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. Submissions
addressing any and all aspects of sound change are encouraged - there is no
need for submitted abstracts to engage with the theme. 

Possible topics might include:

- Perceptual, articulatory, and aerodynamic investigations into the phonetic
origins of sound change
- The role of individual variation in articulation, perception, and
sociolinguistic monitoring in sound change actuation
- Computational modeling of sound change propagation
- The connection between language acquisition and language learning on sound
- Contact-induced variation in sound change
- Biological foundations of sound change

The workshop will consist of oral presentations, discussion sessions, and
poster sessions. Abstract submitters may choose to have their abstract
considered either for a poster only, or for a poster or a talk. 

Selections of papers on the theme of WSC 5 will also be considered for
publication in a special collection (the online equivalent of a special

Travel grants of up to $400 will be awarded on a competitive basis for
graduate student presenters!

Anonymized abstracts (PDF, 12 point font, max 1 page text + 1 page figures and
references) may be submitted via EasyAbstracts from
http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/wsc5 . You may submit no more than one
abstract as first author.


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