Monthly Archives: August 2017

Announcement: The 16th Conference on Laboratory Phonology (LabPhon16)

The 16th Conference on Laboratory Phonology (LabPhon16)
Date: 19-Jun-2018 – 22-Jun-2018
Location: University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Contact: Sonia Frota
Contact Email:
Meeting URL:

Meeting Description:

LabPhon16: Variation, development and impairment: Between phonetics and phonology

Variation, development and impairment are intertwined key dimensions for our understanding of language in general, and of phonetics and phonology in particular. Variation occurs across languages and within languages, at every level of sound (and other linguistic) structures, and is arguably not random (e.g., system-related, message-related, speaker-related, climatic-related). It plays a role in sound change, it challenges the task of acquiring a language and of language learning in general (how the relevant units are identified and their form-meaning functions established), and it poses interesting questions in drawing the lines between typical phonological development and impairments.

Invited Speakers:

Len Abbeduto (UC Davis MIND Institute)
Catherine Best (Western Sydney University)
Anne Christophe (ENS – Research University Paris)
Carlos Gussenhoven (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)

Invited Discussants:

Anja Lowit (University of Strathclyde)
Janet Werker (The University of British Columbia)
Paula Fikkert (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Pilar Prieto (ICREA, Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

The call for papers will be out September 15, 2017
Deadline for abstract submission: November 15, 2017
Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2018

Questions can be addressed to
Updates will appear on and


Call for Papers: 15th Old World Conference on Phonology (OCP)

The 15th Old World Conference on Phonology (OCP) will be held in London on the 12–14 January 2018, hosted by UCL and the University of Essex.

The conference webpage is here:

The Call for Papers is copied below. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 September.

We hope very much that you will join us in London.

Kind regards,

Jamie White

Andrew Nevins

Nancy Kula


We welcome submissions on any topic in phonology. Talks will be 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions. There will also be a poster session. We particularly welcome submissions from students and early career researchers. Each individual may submit a maximum of one abstract as first author (or sole author), and a maximum of two abstracts in total. Abstracts will be (blindly) peer-reviewed by an international panel of reviewers.

Abstract guidelines:

  • Maximum 2 pages of A4 paper, including references, examples, tables, and figures.
  • 12 pt Times New Roman font, or similar.
  • One-inch (2.54 cm) margins on all sides.
  • Anonymous (please do not include author details or citations to unpublished work).
  • PDF format.

Abstracts not following these guidelines will be rejected without review.

Abstract submission, reviewing, and notification of acceptance will be handled using EasyChair (


The deadline for abstract submission is 15 September 2017.

Invited speakers:


Bakovic (to appear): Review of McCarthy & Pater (eds.), Harmonic Grammar and Harmonic Serialism

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ROA: 1317
Title: Review of McCarthy & Pater (eds.), Harmonic Grammar and Harmonic Serialism
Authors: Eric Bakovic
Comment: To appear in Phonology
Length: 9
Abstract: Harmonic Grammar and Harmonic Serialism (henceforth HGHS) consists of thirteen chapters addressing matters of empirical, theoretical, and typological concern to Harmonic Grammar (HG) and Harmonic Serialism (HS). As the editors note in their preface, HG and HS are “in some ways relatives of OT [Optimality Theory] in that they incorporate much of its structure (e.g. candidate comparison by markedness and faithfulness constraints),” except that “HS questions the choice of parallel over serial evaluations, while HG questions the assumption that constraints are ranked rather than weighted.” Anyone interested in an introduction to and further developments within either HG or HS, or wondering why one would want to pursue one or the other of these theories rather than their better-established relative, will be more than profitably occupied by perusal of the chapters in HGHS.
Type: Paper/tech report
Area: Harmonic Grammar, Harmonic Serialism



Samek-Lodovici (2017): Prosody-Driven Scrambling in Italian

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ROA: 1318
Title: Prosody-Driven Scrambling in Italian
Authors: Vieri Samek-Lodovici
Length: 16 pages
Abstract: Italian displays a scrambling pattern where the structure of the constituent following a postverbal focus affects which of its components can scramble before the focus . The actual governing factor is the prosodic phrasing projected by the postfocal constituent. Scrambling is only possible when it improves the stress alignment with the right boundary of the intonational phrase wrapping the sentence. This study provides further evidence that the classic T-model where syntax feeds prosody needs to be replaced by a new model where prosody and syntax interact. As this study shows, OT provides a possible model for such interaction that entirely dispenses with interface-related stipulations.
Type: Paper/tech report
Area: Prosody Syntax Interface, Information Structure, Focus, Italian, Scrambling



2018 Teaching-Track Faculty Position in Linguistics

2018 Teaching-Track Faculty Position in Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California invites applications for a part-time teaching faculty position (Lecturer, Adjunct Assistant Professor (Teaching), Adjunct Associate Professor (Teaching), and Adjunct Professor (Teaching)) in Linguistics for the 2018 spring semester.

The duties associated with this position involve teaching an undergraduate linguistics course: Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field at time of appointment.

Application Materials:
– Cover Letter

– Curriculum Vitae

– Teaching Statement

– Teaching Evaluations (if available)
– Names of three individuals who will be contacted by USC for a letter of reference.

In order to be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit an electronic application at the USC application website; follow this link or paste in a browser: . The applicant should upload a single file containing the application materials. Inquiries can be addressed to Rachel Walker at Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2017.

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The University particularly encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting