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LINGUIST List 16.1714

Mon May 30 2005

Calls: Phonology/Germany

Editor for this issue: Maria Moreno-Rollins <marialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Ellen Kaisse, Phonology

Message 1: Phonology
Date: 25-May-2005
From: Ellen Kaisse <kaisseu.washington.edu>
Subject: Phonology

Full Title: Phonology

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2006

Phonology: call for papers

Thematic issue: 'Synchrony and diachrony in phonology'

Phonology is compiling a thematic issue, entitled 'Synchrony and diachrony
in phonology'. This volume will encompass research on sound patterns in
relation to sound change, informed by typological studies, laboratory
phonology, phonetics, probabilistic modelling, agent-based simulations and
evolutionary biology. In this context, the notion of 'sound patterns' is
quite broad, including: segment/feature inventories, segment/feature
distribution and segment/feature alternations.

The central question explored in this issue is the extent to which
recurrent, natural, or unmarked sound patterns in the world's languages
result from synchronic properties of grammars, diachronic developments or
some complex interaction of the two. As with similar biological
characteristics, two languages may have similar sound patterns due to: (i)
inheritance from a mother tongue, (ii) parallel development in the form of
parallel sound change, (iii) physical constraints on form and function,
including phonological universals, (iv) non-natural factors (e.g.
prescriptive norms, language contact, literacy, second-language learning)
or (v) mere chance.

Evaluating which of these potential sources is responsible for a given
recurrent pattern requires an assessment of synchronic and diachronic
alternatives. Hence, one goal of this thematic issue is to assemble
empirical explanations for recurrent sound patterns which give equal
consideration to synchronic and diachronic factors. Submissions are
invited on any topic relevant to the theme of the issue, with special
preference given to any of the following:
- Recently established associations between sound patterns and sound
- Empirical arguments for synchronic accounts of recurrent sound
- Empirical arguments for diachronic accounts of recurrent sound
- Empirical arguments for recurrent sound patterns as emergent
- New evidence for self-organizing aspects of sound systems

This thematic issue, which will be edited by Juliette Blevins (Max Planck
Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology), is open to all potential
contributors, and will appear as one of the issues of Phonology 24 (2007).
The deadline for submissions is 1 March 2006. General information on the
submission of manuscripts can be found in previous issues of the journal,
or on the Phonology website (http://titles.cambridge.org/journals). For
this issue, two hard copies of each submission should be sent either to
one of the editorial addresses (see the inside back cover of any issue of
the journal) or to Juliette Blevins (Department of Linguistics, Max Planck
Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Deutscher Platz 6, D-04103
Leipzig, Germany). In addition, an electronic version of the paper in PDF
format should be sent to ewenlet.leidenuniv.nl and to
blevinseva.mpg.de , together with an abstract of the paper (maximum 150
words). Preference will be given to papers that will occupy no more than
25 printed papers in the journal. Submissions will be read by at least two
reviewers and by the editor of the thematic issue.

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