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FYI: Book Call: Consonant gemination in L1 and L2

Author: Chiara Celata

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Language Acquisition

FYI Body: Call for Book Chapters

This is a call for chapters to be included in a miscellaneous volume
entitled ''Consonant germination in first and second language
acquisition'' (publication expected October 2013).

Chapters should concern original unpublished research related to the
book’s general topic.

The deadline for abstract submission is September 30th, 2012. Full
papers should be submitted by February 28th, 2013.

Book Title:

Consonant Gemination in First and Second Language Acquisition

General topic:

Consonant gemination is a relatively marked feature in worldwide
phonologies, and an area of frequent incertitude in the speech of
language learners.

Geminate and long consonants may be of different nature according to
their origin and phonological status in the language (e.g., lexical
geminates, inherently long consonants, post-lexical geminates deriving
from sandhi phenomena); most often several types of geminate and
long consonants are present in one language. The kind of the
relationship between durational variations in the consonant system and
the duration of vocalic nuclei is one of the central properties
contributing to the definition of the “prosodic type” of languages.
Language-specific constraints on the distribution of short and long
segments interact with phonotactic preferences mostly grounded in
perceptual or articulatory requirements on the distinctiveness of
segments. Geminate and long consonants are relatively difficult to
master for both children acquiring their native language and adult
second language learners who do not possess the consonant length
feature in their L1 phonology. However, the existing literature covers
only a limited number of target languages (English in most cases) and
extensive cross-linguistic comparisons are still lacking.

Aims of the volume:

This editorial project focuses on first and second language acquisition
of consonant gemination and has among its primary goals that of
enlarging the spectrum of the investigated languages, by analyzing the
speech of children and adults acquiring different languages and (in the
case of L2 acquisition) with different L1 backgrounds.

We invite the submission of abstracts on both speech production and
perception; projects providing a comprehensive account of both
production and perception for the same speakers/languages will be
particularly welcome. Both phonetic and phonological approaches will
be considered; articulatory, acoustic, perceptual or communicative
aspects of the acquisition of consonant gemination all are of potential


Chiara Celata, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa

Lidia Costamagna, Università per Stranieri di Perugia

Scientific committee:

The scientific committee will be announced in a following call. The
members (N = 4 to 8, according to the needs of the volume) will have
an international profile.

Publishing house:

Pacini Editore (Pisa, Italy)


The language of the volume is English. Authors who are not native
speakers of English will be requested to certify that the paper has
undergone professional review for language and style.

Important dates for contributors:

Deadline for one-page abstract submission: September 30th, 2012
Notification of acceptance: October 30th, 2012
Deadline for full paper submission: February 28th, 2013
Manuscript sent to the publisher by: June 30th, 2013

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