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Phonology position at UC Santa Cruz

The Department of Linguistics ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a position in phonological theory. We welcome candidates with additional background in theoretical and/or methodological areas beyond their primary expertise in phonology. 

This position can be made at the level of Assistant Professor (tenure track), Associate Professor (with tenure) or Full Professor (with tenure).

For further details, consult


Registration for the 2020 Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP) is now open

The 2020 Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP) will be hosted September 18-20, 2020 by the Linguistics Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. AMP 2020 will be held virtually, using the Zoom web conferencing platform.

The program for AMP 2020 is now available. A practical workshop on the study of intonation will also be held in conjunction with the main conference.

Registration for AMP 2020 is now open. Participation in the conference or the workshop is free of charge, but registration is mandatory in order to receive participation privileges. To register, simply fill out this form, or visit the Registration page.  Please register by September 13. 


Phonolist is now an open e-mail list

The Phonolist e-mail list is now an unmoderated e-mail list (it currently has 510 members). This change will allow subscribers to make announcements directly, rather than to have to wait for them to appear in a newsletter (which could be a long wait indeed – apologies!). To (un)subscribe, go to

If you would like to discuss this change, or have other thoughts about the future of Phonolist, please contact Joe Pater (


Danis (2020) Long-distance major place harmony

ROA: 1365
Title: Long-distance major place harmony
Authors: Nick Danis
Comment: Preprint, published in Phonology 36.4
Length: 42p
Abstract: In previous surveys of long-distance consonant harmony, the major place features [labial], [dorsal] and [coronal] are conspicuously absent from the set of possible harmonising features. Ngbaka Minagende displays major place harmony between labial-dorsal segments and simple labials and velars, thus filling this empirical gap. The presence of complex segments with multiple place is crucial to seeing this harmony pattern clearly. These patterns are best handled in the Agreement by Correspondence framework with an active CC-Ident[place] constraint. Other analyses either cannot capture the pattern at all or require fundamental changes elsewhere in phonological theory. The data are supported by a new digitisation and statistical analysis of a Ngbaka Minagende dictionary.
Type: Paper/tech report
Area/Keywords: phonology, harmony, consonant harmony, long-distance, labial-dorsals


Journal of Phonology collection available

From Geoff Nathan

As part of downsizing after retirement I am thinning my journal collection. I have a virtually complete set of the journal Phonology (originally Yearbook of Phonology). It occupies about one standard box of 8 1/2 X 11 paper supplies. Does anyone want it, or have any suggestions of what I can do with it besides putting it in recycling?


Geoffrey S. Nathan
WSU Information Privacy Officer (Retired)
Emeritus Professor, Linguistics Program

Workshop: Phonological variation ​and its interfaces

Abstract deadline June 1!


Within the research project “Phonetics-phonology-morphology interface phenomena from the perspective of linguistic variation” (FFI2016-76245-C3-3-P), we are organizing a two-day workshop about phonological variation and its interfaces, which will be held at the University of Barcelona the 22 and 23 of November 2018. We specifically seek proposals dealing with phonological variation at the interface with phonetics and morphology, from any empirical and theoretical perspective. Contributions might answer, although not exclusively, to some of the following broad questions:​​

  • Is there a factual interface between phonology and phonetics, and between phonology and morphology? Or are these independent components of the grammar? Which are the evidences for one approach or the other?
  • How do these three components interact? Are their interactions unidirectional or rather bidirectional?
  • How does phonological variation shed light on the interfaces phonology-phonetics / phonology-morphology?
  • To which extent morphological requirements constraint phonology and induce phonological variation?
  • Can prosodic requirements have an impact on morphology? What are the limits of this impact?

Invited speakers

Birgit Alber (Università di Verona)
Andries ​Coetzee (University of Michigan)

Call for papers

The workshop will feature talks (20-25 minutes, followed by 10-5 minutes for questions). Abstracts should be submitted through EasyChair (please follow this link to submit your abstract) by June, 1, 2018. All abstracts will be reviewed by 3 anonymous reviewers.

Abstract guidelines

Maximum 1 page of A4 paper, and an extra page for 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).
PDF format.

Abstracts not following these guidelines will be rejected. Abstract submission, reviewing, and notification of acceptance will be handled using EasyChair.

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: June, 1, 2018
Notification of acceptance: July, 15, 2018
Program announcement: September, 15, 2018
Workshop days: November, 22-23, 2018 (University of Barcelona)

Registration and fees

Registration will be open from the end of September until November, 1, 2018.

More details will be posted closer to that time, but we anticipate that registration fees will be around €30 for waged attendees and €20 for student/unwaged attendees.
Organizing committee
Clàudia Pons-Moll, Universitat de Barcelona
Maria-Rosa Lloret, Universitat de Barcelona
​Josefina Carrera-Sabaté, Universitat de Barcelona
Jesús Jiménez, Universitat de València
Violeta Martínez-Paricio, Universitat de València
​Jesús Bach, Universitat de Barcelona
Maria Cabrera-Callís, Universitat de Barcelona
​Paula Cruselles, Universitat de València​

Scientific committee

Birgit Alber, Outi Bat-El, Ryan Bennett, Ricardo Bermúdez Otero, Eulàlia Bonet, Teresa Cabré, Stefano Canalis, Andries Coetzee, Stuart Davis, Laura Downing, Sara Finley, Juana Gil, Silke Hamann, Patrick Honeybone, José Ignacio Hualde, Pavel Iosad, Jesus Jimenez, Peter Jurgec, Yuni Kim, Martin Krämer, Nancy C. Kula, Paul de Lacy, Joaquim  Llisterri, Maria-Rosa Lloret, Violeta Martínez-Paricio, Joan Mascaró, Andrew Nevins, Heather  Newell, Carlos Eduardo Piñeros, Clàudia Pons Moll, Markus Pöchtrager, Pilar Prieto, Anthi Revithiadou, Tobias Scheer, Donca Steriade, Peter Szigetvari, Nina Topintzi, Miklós Törkenczy, Francesc Torres-Tamarit, Marc van Oostendorp, Marina Vigário, Sophie Wauquier, Eva Zimmerman


Survey on academic climate

From Savithry Namboodiripad

Dear friends and colleagues,

Please complete and share in your departments this short anonymous survey about your experiences in linguistics and related fields — we want to hear from researchers at all stages of their careers, from all over the world, whose work relates to language in some way. We welcome responses from those who have left academia as well!

This survey is being undertaken by Lynn Y-S Hou (University of California, San Diego), Savithry Namboodiripad (University of Michigan), & Corrine Occhino (Rochester Institute of Technology). It is motivated by the recent discussions around climate and harassment in Linguistics and related fields.
We ask two main questions:
Q1: How have our identities shaped our professional experiences?
Q2: How can we improve the climate in our field(s)?

In order to address these larger questions, the questions in this survey address the following more specific topics: 

  • Who are we?
  • In what fields and departments are we working?
  • How do we perceive the climate in our field(s)?
  • What barriers have there been to a positive climate?
  • What has facilitated a positive climate? 

Ultimately, we wish to empower individuals to speak about their experiences as members of this community, and to collect information which can be used to offer solutions for those who would like to work toward a more inclusive community.

We know your time is valuable: the survey takes about 20 min if you complete every section, but just completing the multiple choice questions takes less than 5 minutes! And, you don’t have to do it all in one sitting!
Questions and comments can be directed to
Thank you so much for your time!


Loufti (2017): Morphological Causatives in Moroccan Arabic

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ROA: 1335
Title: Morphological Causatives in Moroccan Arabic
Authors: Ayoub Loutfi
Length: 26 pp.
Abstract: In Moroccan Arabic, morphologically-derived causatives are uniformly formed through the affixation of a consonantal mora in an infixed position. Two accounts have been proposed: the templatic-based account whereby consonant gemination results from a fixed-shape template and the analysis contending that causative gemination succumbs to positional faithfulness effects. In this paper, we diverge from this trend, claiming that the two approaches suffer from a lack of empirical adequacy. As an alternative, we propose an analysis within the theory of Optimality Theory, with the basic assumption being that the linearization of the causative morpheme is instead the result of phonological well-formedness interacting with the morphological process of causativization. An important empirical prediction of our analysis is that the causative affix can neither move to word-initial positions nor word-final positions under the pressure of phonological well-formedness constraints. This is shown to be an example of the Emergence of the Unmarked, wherein the otherwise inactive markedness constraint *COMPLEXONSET in the language bears the burden of the explanation. The strength of the analysis suggested herein resides in the treatment of the infixal process as resulting from simple and universal constraints, primarily achieved through well-motivated demands on prosodic well-formedness without reference to language-particular templatic constraints.
Type: Paper/tech report
Area/Keywords: optimality theory, reduplication, syllable structure, gemination, moroccan arabic, prosodic morphology, nonconcatenative morphology, and morphological causatives, morphology, phonology


Hejná (2016) – Pre-aspiration: manual on acoustic analyses 1.1

Pre-aspiration: manual on acoustic analyses 1.1
Michaela Hejná
direct link:
October 2016 The last 15 years have seen an increase of interest in analyses of pre-aspiration. This work presents a manual that provides advice on how to carry out acoustic analyses of the phenomenon and what to be cautious about.

Format: pdf ]
Reference: lingbuzz/003184
(please use that when you cite this article)
Published in:
keywords: pre-aspiration, acoustic analyses, local breathiness, phonology