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Full Title: Conference on Agreement by Correspondence

Short Title: ABC↔Conference
Location: Berkeley, CA, USA
Start Date: 18-May-2014 - 19-May-2014
Contact: Stephanie Shih
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/~inkelas/ABCC.html
Meeting Description: Agreement by Correspondence (ABC) is a theory of similarity-based surface phonological interaction, originally introduced to account for the behavior of long distance consonant assimilation patterns (Walker 2000; Hansson 2001; Rose & Walker 2004; et seq.). Recent years have seen an upsurge in work that extends ABC beyond its originally intended empirical and formal parameters. This growing body of work positions ABC as a potentially powerful framework that can account for vowel harmony, dissimilation patterns, and local segmental interactions. Investigations have reached a point where essential issues about the development of ABC need to be addressed:

1. The developing architecture of surface correspondence theory
2. The extensibility of surface correspondence beyond long distance consonant assimilation
3. The relationship between ABC and alternative frameworks based on licensing or autosegmentalism
4. The functional bases, in phonetics or psycholinguistics, underlying surface correspondence and phonological similarity

The aim of ABC↔Conference is to bring together key participants in the development of ABC and related areas to address these issues outlined above, in talks, discussion, and a poster session. Invited speakers and discussants (tentatively confirmed; subject to adjustment) include the following.


Will Bennett (Rhodes)
Sam Bowman (Stanford)
Gunnar Hansson (UBC)
Sharon Inkelas (Berkeley)
Peter Jurgec (Toronto)
Florian Lionnet (Berkeley)
Kevin McMullin (UBC)
Sharon Rose (UCSD)
Stephanie Shih (Berkeley/Stanford)
John Sylak-Glassman (Berkeley)
Rachel Walker (USC)


Susanne Gahl (Berkeley)
Larry Hyman (Berkeley)
Jeff Mielke (N Carolina State)
Jaye Padgett (UCSC)
Donca Steriade (MIT)
Alan Yu (U Chicago)
Kie Zuraw (UCLA)
Linguistic Subfield: Phonetics; Phonology; Linguistic Theories
LL Issue: 25.455

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