Workshop on ‘Tone: Theory and Practice’
28-29 Sept 2012
The department of Linguistics of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, invites participation for a workshop titled ‘Tone: Theory and Practice’ to be held at the Institute on September 28-29, 2012.
Confirmed invited speakers are:
Jack Gandour (Purdue University)
Dan Dediu (MPI, Nijmegen)
Carlos Gussenhoven (Radboud University)
John Esling (University of Victoria)
Ian Maddieson (University of New Mexico)
This workshop has as its main goal to be a ‘state of the art’ meeting of researchers to discuss and summarize contemporary thinking on tone from both empirical and theoretical perspectives. We invite contributions surveying general aspects of tone production, tone perception and tone system typology. The scope of the workshop will also cover relationships between tonal phenomena and other aspects of prosody, as well as genetic, neurological and physiological factors relevant to tone. In addition, discussion of areal patterns in tonal phonology, and descriptions of tone in individual languages or language families are encouraged.
We invite submissions in the form of anonymous one page abstracts (single-spaced 12-point text, either A4 or US Letter size), with an optional additional page of references and figures, to be submitted via EasyChair at https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=ttp2012 by July 30, 2012.
The program will consist of both oral and poster presentations, and will run for two full days. Notification of acceptance will be sent by August 13, 2012.
Heriberto Avelino (MPI EVA)
Ian Maddieson (UNM)
Claudia Schmidt (MPI EVA)
Accents in Contact
6-8 December 2012
‘Accents’ is an annual conference organized by the Department of English Grammar and Phonetics at the University of Lódz, Poland. It brings together researchers and teachers interested in native and non-native accents of English approached from a theoretical and practical perspective. Among many issues discussed each year, the characteristics and the dynamism of accent usage in natural as well as formal teaching contexts come into the foreground, with a growing interest in the methodology and tools for accent studies. The main focus so far has been on accents of English; this year, while continuing to discuss accents from the sociophonetic, psychophonetic and didactic perspectives, we propose to widen the scope of our discussion to include the effects of accent contact not only on English, but also other languages, with the leading theme of ‘Accents in Contact’.
Keynote speaker: James E. Flege, University of Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Special session: English accents in Europe: Euro-English(s)?
Convenor: Una Cunningham, University of Stockholm, Sweden
We invite proposals for papers, workshops and posters related to the main ‘Accents in Contact’ theme as well as other issues related to native and non-native accents of English, including, but not limited to the ones mentioned below:
- The effect of other languages on the acquisition and usage of English
- The effect of English accents on the acquisition and usage of other languages
- Accents in English around the world, ‘New Englishes’, ‘Euro-Englishes’, etc.
- Variability in accents of English
- Native- non-native accent continuum
- Accents in EFL/ESL/ELF
- Methodology and tools for accent studies
- Teaching accents/the pronunciation of English
Please notice that each author can propose two contributions if one is intended for the main conference and the other one for a special session. Papers are given 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion, workshops will typically have 45 minute slots. Please specify the intended presentation format in your proposal.
The deadline for abstract submission is September 30, 2012. Please send two copies of an abstract of up to 400 words (excluding references) to accentsuni.lodz.pl, with the intended format, name and affiliation written under the title in one copy. The proposals will go through the process of peer review, after which notifications of acceptance will be sent out by October 21, 2012.
Prosody and Information Status in Typological Perspective
Workshop to be held at the 35th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Linguistics (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, DGfS)
12-15 March 2013
Many languages employ prosodic strategies to express information structure, e.g. different types and sizes of focus domains, encoded by changes in phonetic parameters such as intensity, duration and fundamental frequency but also by differences in pitch register scaling of tones or phrasing. Recent studies on West-Germanic languages suggest that also the information status of referential expressions (ranging from brand-new to fully given; e.g. Prince 1981) is encoded by fine-grained prosodic differences, e.g. by varying the type of pitch accent or by exploiting both tonal and non-tonal prominences (Röhr & Baumann 2010, Baumann & Riester, submitted). Since the growing body of studies investigating the prosodic expression of focus show considerable cross-linguistic variation (Kügler 2011), a comparable amount of typological variation can be expected with regard to the information status of discourse referents.
The goal of this workshop is to gain new data, in particular from lesser-studied languages that add to the diversity of prosodic means for the expression of information structure and that may at the same time challenge and/or extend existing phonological and/or semantic models. We would thus like to invite researchers working on the interfaces between semantics, pragmatics and prosody, in particular from a typological perspective and with a view to data from lesser-studied languages.
Baumann, Stefan & Arndt Riester (submitted). Coreference, Lexical Givenness and Prosody in German. In: Hartmann, Jutta, Janina Radó & Susanne Winkler (eds.): “Information Structure Triggers”, Special Issue Lingua.
Kügler, Frank (2011). The prosodic expression of focus in typologically unrelated languages. Habilitationsschrift, University of Potsdam.
Prince, E.F. (1981). Toward a Taxonomy of Given-New Information. In: Cole, P. (Ed.), Radical Pragmatics. Academic Press, New York, 223-256.
Röhr, Christine & Stefan Baumann (2010). Prosodic Marking of Information Status in German. Proceedings Speech Prosody 2010, Chicago. 100019:1-4.
Daniel Büring (Linguistics Department, University of Vienna)
Sasha Calhoun (School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington)
The workshop aims at bringing together researchers in the field of intonation, working on different interfaces between phonetic, phonological, semantic and/or pragmatic aspects of prosody (including their annotation), as well as the typology of intonation. Papers on all topics related to the theme of this workshop are welcome. In particular, we encourage contributions on the following questions:
* Which distinctions of information status (e.g. given, accessible, new) are expressed by prosody?
* Is the prosodic marking of information status universal?
* How are gradual changes in phonetic cues such as F0, duration and intensity exploited in various languages and how can we model them?
* How fine-grained has the annotation of information status to be (several steps between the poles given and new; differentiation between a referential and a lexical level)?
* Do listeners perceive tonal / non-tonal means that correlate with a certain information status?
* Which methodological considerations have to be taken into account in order to elicit reliable data from speech production and / or in speech perception?
* How is information status and its prosodic marking processed in the brain (psycho- and neurolinguistics)?
The language of the workshop will be English. We invite the submission of abstracts for oral presentations. Abstracts should be in English and should not exceed one page including name(s), affiliation, title and references (using 2.5 cm margins, 1.2 line spacing, and 12pt font size).
Please send your submission as a pdf document electronically to both organizers (see below).
Deadline for abstract submission: 30 July 2012
Notification of acceptance: 5 Sep 2012
Submission of revised abstract: 10 Dec 2012
Workshop: 12-15 March 2013
Stefan Baumann (University of Cologne, email@example.com)
Frank Kügler (Potsdam University, firstname.lastname@example.org)
English Pronunciation: Issues and Practices
8-10 May 2013
This will be the 3rd International Conference on English Pronunciation: Issues & Practices, following those in Chambéry, France (2009) and Grahamstown, South Africa (2011).
The conference aims to bring together researchers and teachers of English, phonetics, phonology and EFL/ESL/EA interested in the issues surrounding English pronunciation, both native and non-native.
Call for Papers:
The 3rd International Conference on English Pronunciation (EPIP3) invites proposals on any aspect of research on English pronunciation. EPIP3 welcomes proposals on a wide variety of issues, including (but not limited to) the following:
- Norms & reference accents
- Variability in native & non-native accents of English
- Methodology of accent studies, pedagogical implications
- Implications of phonological change
- Sociolinguistic aspects and issues of identity
- Analyses of national or regional language policy
Proposals regarding original, previously unpublished research are invited in two formats: individual papers or posters. Each paper presentation will be scheduled for 20 minutes.
Each person may submit no more than one abstract as the first author. The first author will have to register for the conference in order to be assured a place on the programme.
Instructions for Submissions:
(a) Abstracts should be written in English.
(b) Authors should specify a format (paper or poster) at the time the proposal is submitted.
(c) Abstracts should not exceed 500 words (excluding references).
(d) Authors should email 2 copies, one in .doc format, including their name(s), affiliation(s), and email address(es) under the title, and the other in PDF format (for anonymous review), identified by title only.
(e) Abstracts should be sent to the following address: epip2013gmail.com.
Abstracts for paper/poster presentations will be double-blind peer-reviewed.
A selection of papers will be published after the conference.
Abstract submission: 30 November 2012
Notification of acceptance: 31 December 2012