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Full Title: The Sound Pattern of English (SPE) turns 50

Location: Vigo, Spain
Start Date: 28-Sep-2017 - 30-Sep-2017
Contact: Rosalía Rodríguez-Vázquez
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Meeting Description: Convenors:

Heinz Giegerich (University of Edinburgh) and Rosalía Rodríguez-Vázquez (University of Vigo).

The 7th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English, BICLCE 2017 (, which will be held at the University of Vigo on 28-30 September 2017, will be hosting a Phonology Workshop entitled 'SPE turns 50'.

2018 will see the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Sound Pattern of English (Harper & Row, 1968), Chomsky and Halle’s foundational work on the phonology of English.

In its day, SPE helped revolutionise linguistic theory far beyond phonology itself and it changed phonological thinking beyond recognition. Fifty years on, the theory presented there is still judged as valid by some phonologists and as at a hugely important milestone towards current theorising by most. Most subsequent work in phonology has referred directly or indirectly to SPE, which remains inescapable reading for any serious phonologist.

It is the aim of this workshop to assess the contribution SPE has made to, and the impact it has had on, current thinking in phonology and neighbouring sub-disciplines of linguistics.
Linguistic Subfield: Phonology
Subject Language: English
LL Issue: 28.182

This is a session of the following meeting:
7th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE)

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