[Lingtyp] Second call for papers: Special issue of Linguistic Typology on phonological typology

Shelece Easterday shelece at hawaii.edu
Wed Feb 17 06:44:24 UTC 2021

(apologies for cross-posting)


Dear all,

We are issuing an open call for submissions for a proposed special
issue of Linguistic
Typology <https://www.degruyter.com/view/journals/lity/lity-overview.xml>on
phonological typology, whose working title is "*Current research in
phonological typology.*"

Despite the fact that phonology has historically been integral to the
development of modern approaches to linguistic typology and theory
(Trubetzkoy 1939, Martinet 1955, Hockett 1955, Greenberg 1978), its study
is still badly underrepresented in many important venues (Hyman & Plank
2018). The crosslinguistic study of phonology and phonological systems has
raised at least two important issues in linguistic typology that remain
unresolved today. The first question is what constitutes the basis for
cross-linguistic comparison (Sherman & Vihman 1972), i.e., whether formal
descriptive categories can be equated and made comparable across languages
(cf. Haspelmath 2010, Newmeyer 2010, Anderson 2017, Maddieson 2018). The
second question is what factors must be taken into account when using
quantitative methods with cross-linguistic datasets, i.e., languages are
not independent data points because of genealogical relatedness and
languages may also share features due to areal contact (Sherman 1975).
Thus, these points challenge the assumptions of classical statistical
approaches (Bell 1978, Rijkhoff & Bakker 1998, Janssen et al. 2006, Bakker

*Submissions can deal with any of the questions listed below, or with other
questions related to phonological typology.*


   What are the new big questions in phonological typology?

   What is the current theoretical and empirical status of phonological

   To what extent can we do typology at the macro vs. micro levels (cf.
   Heath 2016)?

   What phonological properties have been under-studied typologically?

   Why are phonemic categories (and descriptive categories in general)
   inadequate for typology? What are the alternatives?

   How do different approaches to typology, e.g., Canonical Typology or
   Distributional Typology, apply to phonology?

   What can sound changes and synchronic alternations in typological
   databases tell us about diachrony?

   How can we model the impact of language contact on phonological

   What can we discern from the landscape of particular geographic areas
   from a typological perspective?

   How does language acquisition affect worldwide phonological diversity?

For this special volume, we are aiming for shorter submissions (5000-7000
words) that cover a broader range of issues, in the spirit of Linguistic
Typology Volume 20(3)

*Submission deadline: June 1, 2021*

Submission should be anonymous and follow the guidelines for authors
<https://linguistic-typology.org/journal/>. Additionally, data and methods
should be made publicly available for scientific reproducibility, e.g.
through OSF <https://osf.io/> or an online repository. All submissions will
go through double-blind review with at least three reviews.

Questions and inquiries should be addressed to Shelece Easterday <
shelece at hawaii.edu> and Steven Moran <steven.moran at unine.ch>.

Shelece Easterday, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
shelece at hawaii.edu
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