CALL FOR PAPERS – Recursivity in phonology, below and above the word (RecPhon2019)

CALL FOR PAPERS – Recursivity in phonology, below and above the word (RecPhon2019)
21-22 November 2019, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra  
Abstract submission deadline: June 1, 2019
Research Questions
We encourage speakers to address, although not exclusively, some of the research questions formulated below, either arguing in favor or against recursivity in phonology, and from any theoretical perspective and methodology, including phonological formal analyses of particular languages, language typology, language acquisition, laboratory phonology, psycholinguistics or neurolinguistics.
– Does recursivity in phonology exist at all?
– If recursivity in phonology exists, what exactly can or cannot trigger a recursive structure in the domain of the syntax-phonology interface?
– Is recursivity restricted to higher-ordered phonological constituents like the phonological phrase and the intonational phrase? If so, why?
– What is the empirical evidence to posit recursive structures above the word?
– Does ternarity exist in phonology (at the level of the metrical foot or at higher-ordered levels) or should it be derived from recursive structures?
– If recursivity in phonology also exists below the level of the phonological word, does it show an upper bound on nesting?
– Does recursivity also exist below the level of the metrical foot, i.e. the syllable, the mora?
– What is the empirical evidence to posit recursive structures below the word?
– What does recursivity add to the prosodic bootstrapping hypothesis, the idea that L1 learners use prosodic features as a cue to identify more abstract properties of grammar such as syntactic constituency?
– Can neural correlates of phonological recursion be observed?
Invited speakers
* Emily Elfner (York University, Canada)
* Junko Ito (University of California, Santa Cruz)
* Armin Mester (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Submission of abstracts
The workshop will feature 45 minute talks (30-35 minutes followed by 15-10 minutes for comments and questions). Abstracts must be submitted through EasyChair ( by the 1st of June, 2019. Abstracts will be reviewed by 3 anonymous reviewers.
Abstract guidelines
Abstracts must be anonymous, maximally 1 page long (A4), with an extra page for figures, examples, tables and references, 12 pt Times New Roman, with one-inch (2.54 cm) margins on all sides, and written in English, PDF format.
Important dates
Abstract submission deadline: June 1, 2019
Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2019
Program announcement: September 15, 2019
Registration: October 1 – November 1, 2019