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Full Title: Workshop on Prosody and Information Status in Typological Perspective

      
Location: Potsdam, Germany
Start Date: 12-Mar-2013 - 15-Mar-2013
Contact: Stefan Baumann
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Workshop to be held at the 35th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Linguistics (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, DGfS)

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.

Invited Speakers:

Daniel Büring (Linguistics Department, University of Vienna)
Sasha Calhoun (School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington)
Linguistic Subfield: Phonetics; Phonology; Pragmatics; Semantics; Typology
LL Issue: 23.3171


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