Call for papers: Journées FLORAL-(I)PFC 2018 – Language contact and corpus (inter) phonology

Since 2002, the international research programme PFC (Phonologie du français contemporain/Phonology of Contemporary French, cf., which gathers an international panel of linguists working on French corpus phonology, yearly organises a conference in Paris. The objective of this meeting is to move forward French phonology in a welcoming and scientifically critical atmosphere. It is thus a meeting place for researchers, both junior and senior ones, who wish to discuss their ongoing work – whether it focuses on phenomena well-known or little known in the scientific literature. The PFC programme, primarily devoted to phonology, has in the last few years been extended to cover other domains of linguistics, i.e. syntax and sociolinguistics, leading to a collaboration with the Laboratoire Ligérien de Linguistique de l’Université d’Orléans, and the creation of a research network on oral French: FLORAL (Français Langue Orale et Recherches Avancées en Linguistique/Oral French and Advanced Studies in Linguistics). PFC further focuses on interphonology and the pedagogical aspects of pronunciation through the daughter project IPFC (Interphonologie du français contemporain/Interphonology of Contemporary French,, which this year has its tenth anniversary.

This year’s edition of the conference takes place on Thursday 22 November – Tuesday 27 November, at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris. It is organised as three separate yet interrelated parts:

–        The first day of the conference (Thursday 22 November) is thematic, and this year we dedicate it to language contact and minority languages. This day is thus not limited to work on French and the francophone world, but rather permits to widen the perspectives beyond the PFC corpus.

–        The traditional part of the conference, the “Journées PFC”, takes place on Friday 23 and in the morning of Saturday 24. These two days are devoted to presentations relating to the PFC corpus or other works within the domain of corpus phonology.

–        Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 are dedicated to works on interphonology and didactics of oral French. As these two days celebrate the 10 years of IPFC, works based on data from this project will be preferred.

The format of the contributions will be 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Other formats can be considered all depending on the number of abstracts received. We accept presentations in French and English.

The abstract (1 page including title and references) must be sent by email to Helene N. Andreassen ( and Isabelle Racine ( Submission deadline: Saturday 15 September 2018.

Thanks for sharing this call for papers with other linguists you think might be interested. More information about the conference will be published at the PFC website:

This conference receives financial support from the Norwegian University Center in Paris, the University of Geneva and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Conference organising committee:

Helene N. Andreassen, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Olivier Baude, Paris Nanterre University/HUMA-NUM

Marie-Hélène Coté, University of Lausanne

Sylvain Detey, Waseda University

Julien Eychenne, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

Martin Krämer, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Chantal Lyche, University of Oslo

Elissa Pustka, University of Vienna

Isabelle Racine, University of Geneva