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Mon Apr 28 2003

Confs: Phonology/France

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  1. jdurand, Phonology 2003 Toulouse : From Representations to Constraints

Message 1: Phonology 2003 Toulouse : From Representations to Constraints

Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2003 04:24:11 +0000
From: jdurand <>
Subject: Phonology 2003 Toulouse : From Representations to Constraints

Phonology 2003 Toulouse : From Representations to Constraints
Short Title: Phonology 2003 Toulouse

Date: 07-Jul-2003 - 11-Jul-2003
Location: Toulouse (France), France
Contact: Jacques Durand
Contact Email: 
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Sub-field: Phonology

Meeting Description:

The conference (main organizer: Elsa Gomez-Imbert) is made up of two
parts: 1)'Headhood, contrastivity and specification' Coordinators :
P. Carr & J. Durand (Monday 7 July to Wednesday 9 July) 2)'From
representations to constraints and from constraints to
representations' Coordinators: L. Labrune & E. Gomez-Imbert(Wednesday
9 July to Friday 11 July)

The aim of this conference is to explore, on the one hand, the nature
of concepts such as headhood, contrast and specification in phonology
and, on the other, the part played by representations in
constraint-based phonologies. Most phonological frameworks appeal to
the notion of head within phonological domains and, while this notion
may seem transparent, one can nevertheless wonder about its
homogeneity from domain to domain : for example within syllabic
constituents, stress groups and infrasegmental structure. Closely
linked to this question is that of the specification of phonological
elements and the role played by contrast in the establishment of
phonological structure. While the role of constraints within
phonological theories is now well supported, various constraint based
theories such as Optimality Theory are not theories of
representations. Nevertheless, representational questions continue to
pose problems. Do they emerge from constraints or do they need to be
given a central place within phonological theory ? And if so, how can
their form be specified ? These are some of the questions which will
be addressed within the conference.

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