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Full Title: Universality and Variability in Segment-Prosody Interactions

Short Title: Segments and prosody
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Start Date: 12-Jul-2013 - 12-Jul-2013
Contact: Marzena Zygis
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Meeting Description: Workshop on ‘Universality and Variability in Segment-Prosody Interactions’ as part of Linguistic Institute ‘Universality and Variability’

Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA


Christine Mooshammer (USC, Los Angeles & Haskins Laboratories,
Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel (MIT, Cambridge, MA, sshuf@MIT.EDU)
Marzena Żygis (Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) & Humboldt University, Berlin,

Several studies on universals in phonology and phonetics pertain either to segmentals (e.g. sound frequencies, gaps in inventories, preferences for certain cluster types) or supra-segmentals (e.g. preferences in stress and intonational patterns). In recent years, accumulating evidence has suggested that language-specific interactions between the two levels can induce systematic temporal and qualitative variability on the segmental level. For example, most sounds lengthen substantially at a phrase boundary, but there are exceptions such as the sibilants; lax vowels do not lengthen under stress; and glottal stop insertion also depends on the quality of the following vowel. This workshop is aimed at gaining more insight into the interdependence of the segmental and prosodic levels from a cross-linguistic perspective. Research which deals with the following questions are of particular importance:

(i) What patterns of segmental and supra-segmental interactions are found cross-linguistically?
(ii) How does metrical structure influence segments, phonotactics and phonological processes?
(iii) What principles govern segment-specific variation due to prosodic effects, e.g. localized hyper-articulation, feature enhancement, syntagmatic dissimilation or prominence enhancement?
(iv) Why do some segments or larger units resist the more global prosodic variations, e.g. in order to maintain a contrast?
(v) How do different models deal with the segmental-prosodic variation, e.g. Exemplar Theory (Pierrehumbert 2001), pi-gesture model (Byrd & Saltzmann 2003), (bidirectional) OT (Boersma 1998) and others?

Invited Speakers:

Laura Dilley, Michigan State University
Jelena Krivokapic, Yale University & Haskins Laboratories
Paul de Lacy, Rutgers University
Linguistic Subfield: Phonetics; Phonology
LL Issue: 24.1958

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