Call for Posters: Language and Music Workshop May 12, 2019

The UMass Amherst Department of Linguistics and the Department of Music and Dance will host a Language and Music Workshop on the afternoon of Sunday May 12th. There are five invited speakers, listed below, and we invite interested participants to submit brief abstracts for poster presentations (250 – 500 words of text) by Wednesday May 1st by using this Google form:

We expect to be able to be very liberal in accepting posters, and so wanted the submission format to be relatively informal. If it would be more convenient to submit a .pdf, please fill out the form with names and affiliations, and e-mail the .pdf to

Updates about the workshop can be found here:


Mara Breen – Mount Holyoke College

The Cat in the Hat: Musical and linguistic metric structure realization in child-directed poetry

François Dell – Centre de Recherches Linguistiques sur l’Asie Orientale (CRLAO) CNRS / EHESS, Paris

Delivery design: towards a typology

Bob Ladd – University of Edinburgh

Two problems in theories of tone-melody matching

Laura McPherson – Dartmouth College

Tonal adaptation across musical modality: A comparison of Sambla vocal music and speech surrogates

Christopher White – University of Massachusetts Amherst

Analogies with Language in Machine-learned Musical Grammars