Monthly Archives: February 2017

***CALL FOR PAPERS mfm25 FRINGE MEETING / GDRI PTA Dataset Workshop***

We are pleased to announce the mfm25 Fringe Meeting/GDRI Phonological Theory Agora Dataset Workshop on ternarity in English (deadline for abstract submission 31st March 2017).

The goal of the PTA Dataset Workshop is to promote discussion and theory-oriented debate in an original way. The idea is to collect a dataset and to ask participants to resolve the specific problems that it poses. We think that this workshop format (unprecedented in linguistics) is an interesting way to challenge phonologists working within different frameworks to talk about the same empirical problems and directly confront the successes and underpinnings of their formal analyses.


Kilbourn-Ceron (2017) – Speech production planning affects phonological variability: a case study in French liaison

Speech production planning affects phonological variability: a case study in French liaison
Oriana Kilbourn-Ceron
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February 2017 
Connected speech processes have played a major role in shaping theories about phonological organization, and how phonology interacts with other components of the grammar (Selkirk, 1974; Kiparsky, 1982; Kaisse, 1985; Nespor and Vogel, 1986, among others). External sandhi is subject to locality conditions, and it is more variable compared to processes applying word-internally. We suggest that an important part of understanding these two properties of external sandhi is the locality of speech production planning. Presenting evidence from French liaison, we argue that the effect of lexical frequency on variability can be understood as a consequence of the narrow window of phonological encoding during speech production planning. This proposal complements both abstract, symbolic and gestural overlap-based accounts of phonological alternations. By connecting the study of phonological alternations with the study of factors influencing speech production planning, we can derive novel predictions about patterns of variability in external sandhi, and better understand the data that drive the development of phonological theories.

Format: pdf ]
Reference: lingbuzz/003309
(please use that when you cite this article)
Published in: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting on Phonology 2016
keywords: speech production planning, corpus phonology, french liaison, phonology, lexical frequency, external sandhi

Yates (2017) – Against Root Faithfulness in Cupeño Stress

Against Root Faithfulness in Cupeño Stress

Anthony Yates

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January 2017
This paper develops a new, optimality-theoretic analysis of word-level stress assignment in Cupeño (Takic, Uto-Aztecan). I argue that primary stress is assigned to the leftmost lexically accented (i.e. stress-preferring) morpheme, else to the word’s left edge. I contend that this analysis is simpler and better explains the Cupeño data than previous accounts (Alderete 1999, 2001a,b), which assume that special faithfulness constraints privilege the accentual properties of roots over those of other affixes. The typological implications of this renanalysis of Cupeño stress are then discussed; without empirical support from Cupeño, it is suggested that “root faithfulness” plays no role in determining word stress in lexical accent systems cross-linguistically.

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Reference: lingbuzz/003308
(please use that when you cite this article)
Published in: Supplemental Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Meeting on Phonology
keywords: uto-aztecan; stress typology, morphology, phonology

CLS workshop on Dynamic Modeling in Phonetics and Phonology

The Chicago Linguistic Society is pleased to announce a special workshop, Dynamic Modeling in Phonetics and Phonology, to be held May 24, 2017 as a satellite event of the 53rd Meeting of the Annual Chicago Linguistic Society (May 25-27, 2017) at the University of Chicago.


Empirical research in linguistics is increasingly making use of time-dependent data from articulatory ultrasound, longitudinal observations of language variation and change, eyetracking, and many other sources. This trend has facilitated the development of theoretical approaches which model the temporal dynamics of linguistic patterns and processes. This workshop focuses on one approach of increasing interest among linguists: dynamic modeling.  Dynamic models are models in which the state of a system changes in time, usually according to an equation or updating algorithm. Such models can be formulated in continuous or discrete time, and a vast amount of research has been devoted to classifying qualitatively distinct patterns in such systems. One of the advantages of dynamical modeling is that it requires very explicit characterization of the system under investigation, including the theoretical assumptions that are involved. Because of this, dynamical models readily make predictions which are amenable to experimental investigation in a broad range of linguistic sub-disciplines.  This workshop will focus specifically on applications of dynamic modeling in phonetics and phonology, though we encourage researchers from all sub-fields to attend.


(1) to provide a basic, pedagogical introduction to dynamical modeling for attendees and encourage them to pursue it in their own research. This goal will be accomplished through a tutorial given by Dr. Khalil Iskarous, Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Southern California and a leading expert on dynamical systems modeling in linguistics.

(2) to bring together researchers currently using dynamical modeling techniques to promote collaboration and further the development of modeling methodologies. This goal will be achieved through a series of presentations by phoneticians and phonologists using dynamic modeling in their research. Invited speakers will include:

Laura Dilley (Michigan State University)

John Goldsmith (University of Chicago)

Jelena Krivokapić (University of Michigan)

Sam Tilsen (Cornell University)

We invite submissions for paper and poster presentations on research in phonetics and phonology which demonstrate use of dynamic models. We welcome submissions from any area of phonetics and phonology, and hope to feature research reflecting a broad range of methodological approaches. Appropriate submissions might deal with (but are certainly not limited to) the following topics:

1. Articulatory dynamics in ultrasound, EMA, or motion capture data

2. Dynamical models of sound change, language acquisition, or language processing

3. Oscillatory dynamics in neural processing of speech

4. Behavioral research on speech entrainment

5. Dynamic modeling of eyetracking data in speech processing

Abstract Guidelines

So that we may evaluate all submissions in a fair and equal manner, abstracts which fail to adhere to any of the following guidelines will be automatically rejected.

• Submit your abstract(s) in PDF format with filename PaperTitle.pdf (e.g., Prosodic_Form_and_Discourse_Function.pdf) to

• Limit text of abstracts to one page in length; data and references can be included on a second page. Use one-inch margins and a font size no smaller than 12 point.

• Anonymize submissions by not including author name(s) in the abstract or filename. If necessary, remove author name(s) from the document properties of the PDF file.

• Restrict submissions to one individual and one joint abstract per author, or two joint abstracts per author.

Important Dates:

• Submission deadline: Friday, February 17, 2017 by 11:59 PM CST

• Notification: By Friday, March 24, 2017

• Conference date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Further information can be found at the workshop website:


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Call for papers: Manchester Phonology Meeting


Twenty-Fifth Manchester Phonology Meeting

25-27 MAY 2017

Deadline for abstracts: 1st March 2017

Special session: ‘Typology and Phonological Theory’, featuring:
* Birgit Alber (Universita di Verona)
* Juliette Blevins (Graduate Center, City University of New York)
* Mark Donohue (Australian National University)

Held at Hulme Hall, Manchester, England. Organised through a collaboration of phonologists at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester, and elsewhere.

Conference website:

* There will be a wine party on the evening on the 25th May to celebrate the fact that this is the 25th (!) mfm.

* There will also be a FRINGE workshop on the afternoon of Wednesday 24th May, timed to coincide with the mfm, organised by the Phonological Theory Agora:



We are pleased to announce the Twenty-Fifth Manchester Phonology Meeting (25mfm). The mfm is the UK’s annual phonology conference, with an international set of organisers. It is held in late May every year in Manchester (central in the UK, and with excellent international transport connections). The meeting has become a key conference for phonologists from all over the world, where anyone who declares themselves to be interested in phonology can submit an abstract on anything phonological in any phonological framework. In an informal atmosphere, we discuss a broad range of topics, including the phonological description of languages, issues in phonological theory, aspects of phonological acquisition and implications of phonological change.



There is no conference theme – abstracts can be submitted on anything, but a special themed session has been organised for Friday afternoon, entitled ‘Typology and phonological theory’. This will feature the invited speakers listed (in alphabetical order) above and will conclude in an open discussion session when contributions from the audience will be very welcome.



**This mentions only a few details – please consult the website for full information:

* There is no obligatory conference theme for the 25mfm – abstracts can be submitted on anything phonological.

* We are using the Linguist List’s EasyAbstracts system for abstract submission. Abstracts should be uploaded to the 25mfm’s page on the EasyAbstracts site by 1st March 2017:

* Full papers will last around 25 minutes with around 5 minutes for questions, and there will be high-profile poster sessions lasting one and a half hours. When you submit your abstract, you will be asked to indicate whether you would be prepared to present your work either as a talk or a poster paper or only as a poster.

* We aim to finalise the programme, and to contact abstract-senders by late March, and we will contact all those who have sent abstracts as soon as the decisions have been made.

**Further important details** concerning abstract submission are available on the conference website. Please make sure that you consult these before submitting an abstract:



Organising Committee:

The first named is the convenor and main organiser, If you have any queries about the conference, feel free to get in touch (
* Patrick Honeybone (Edinburgh)
* Ricardo Bermudez-Otero (Manchester)
* Yuni Kim (University of Manchester)

* Michael Ramsammy (Edinburgh)

Advisory Board:
* Adam Albright (MIT)
* Jill Beckman (Iowa)
* Stuart Davis (Indiana)
* Laura J. Downing (Gothenburg)
* Silke Hamann (Amsterdam)
* S.J. Hannahs (Newcastle upon Tyne)
* Kristine A. Hildebrandt (Southern Illinois)
* Martin Kramer (Tromso)
* Nancy Kula (Essex)
* Aditi Lahiri (Oxford)
* Nabila Louriz (Hassan II, Casablanca)
* Joan Mascaro (UAB)
* Kuniya Nasukawa (Tohoku Gakuin)
* Marc van Oostendorp (Meertens & Leiden)
* Tobias Scheer (Nice)
* James M. Scobbie (QMU)
* Jennifer L. Smith (UNC)
* Patrycja Strycharczuk (Manchester)
* Nina Topintzi (Thessaloniki)
* Jochen Trommer (Leipzig)
* Francesc Torres-Tamarit (Paris 8)
* Christian Uffmann (Duesseldorf)
* Ruben van de Vijver (Duesseldorf)
* Sophie Wauquier (Paris 8)
* Draga Zec (Cornell)
* Elizabeth Zsiga (Georgetown)


Danis 2017: Major place harmony in ABC and the (reduced) role of representation: evidence from Ngbaka

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ROA: 1302
Title: Major place harmony in ABC and the (reduced) role of representation: evidence from Ngbaka
Authors: Nick Danis
Length: 12 pp.
Abstract: Ngbaka (Ubangi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, [nga]) contains place co-occurrences that are best analyzed as instances of major place harmony, a previously unattested process. In roots, labials cannot co-occur with labial-dorsals, and initial dorsals cannot co-occur with medial labial-dorsals. Using the framework of Agreement by Correspondence, labials (and certain dorsals) correspond, and agree for place. These processes interact with an additional process where homorganic segments agree in voicing. Asymmetries in place interaction is captured through constraint ranking and definitions, thus simplifying the representation of complex segments. These processes are supported by a statistical analysis of newly-digitized dictionary data.
Type: Paper/tech report
Keywords: phonology, place, harmony, abc



Alderete and Kochetov to appear: Integrating sound symbolism with core grammar: The case of expressive palatalization

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ROA: 1298
Title: Integrating sound symbolism with core grammar: The case of expressive palatalization
Authors: John Alderete, Alexei Kochetov
Comment: To appear in Language. OTWorkPlace files, spreadsheet data analyzing the typology by natural class, and a factbook are available at:
Length: 35 pages
Abstract: Fifty cases of sound-symbolic expressive palatalization were collected in a typological survey of babytalk registers, diminutive constructions, and other sound symbolic systems. Analysis of the typological trends and language-particular examples reveals important differences between expressive palatalization and phonologically motivated palatalization. To account for expressive palatalization, we propose a novel set of Express(X) constraints in Optimality Theory. The integration of the Express(X) constraints with the rest of phonology is shown to explain the typological differences between expressive and phonological palatalization, account for the phonological extension of expressive palatalization, and constitute a general theoretical framework for sound symbolic phonological patterns.
Type: Paper/tech report
Keywords: sound symbolism, palatalization, expressive phonology and morphology, typology, Optimality Theory



Call for Papers – Annual Meeting on Phonology 2017

from Maria Gouskova
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Deadline for abstract submission: Monday, April 24, 2017, 11:59pm

We are seeking high-quality unpublished research in all areas of theoretical, experimental and computational phonology for presentation at the 2017 Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP 2017). The conference will take place September 15-17, 2017 on the campus of New York University. This is the fifth installment of the Annual Meetings on Phonology, following the 2013 inaugural meeting at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and subsequent meetings hosted by MIT, UBC/SFU and USC.

This year’s conference will be jointly hosted by the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and features an integrated, special session “Bridging the gap between phonological theory and speech disorders”. We are additionally seeking high-quality research that lies at the intersection between the study of speech disorders and linguistics, e.g. studies of disordered phonology.

We invite abstracts for either oral presentation (20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion) or poster presentation. All presentations (in both the general and special sessions) are eligible for publication in the open-access on-line conference proceedings hosted by the Linguistic Society of America. Oral presentations will appear in the main Proceedings and poster presentations will appear in the Supplemental Proceedings.

Abstracts must be anonymous, please be sure to eliminate any identifying metadata from the document. Length is limited to a maximum of two single-spaced pages (US Letter), figures and references included. Font should be 12-point, with margins of at least one inch left on all sides. Abstracts must be submitted in .pdf file format through the on-line EasyChair system.

Submissions are limited to two per author, with at most one submission being single-authored.

The deadline for abstract submission is Monday, April 24, 2017, 11:59pm.

Abstract submission:

AMP 2017 contact email: