LINGUIST List 16.518

Mon Feb 21 2005

Confs: Phonology/New York City, NY, USA

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        1.    Charles Cairns, CUNY Workshop on Phonological Features

Message 1: CUNY Workshop on Phonological Features

Date: 19-Feb-2005
From: Charles Cairns <>
Subject: CUNY Workshop on Phonological Features

CUNY Workshop on Phonological Features

Date: 10-Mar-2005 - 11-Mar-2005
Location: New York City, NY, United States of America
Contact: Charles Cairns
Contact Email:
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Meeting Description:

Professors G. N. Clements and Elan Dresher will discuss their recent seminal
work in feature theory, with ample opportunities for audience participation. For
further information, visit the workshop website.

Professors Clements and Dresher will present aspects of their recent research
into feature theory. These scholars have been revisiting foundational aspects of
feature theory, including the nature of contrast, markedness, redundancy, and
the structure of phonological inventories.

For a good overview of Professor Clements' approach, attendees are invited to
read his ''Features and Speech Sound Systems,'' which was presented last year at
the CUNY Symposium on Phonological Theory; he will apply to vowels the theory
developed there, which was illustrated by application to consonant systems. See
the workshop website to download this paper.

Professor Dresher will develop ideas that are described in ''Contrast and
Phonological Activity in the Nez Perce Vowel System,'' coauthored with Sara
MacKenzie, and in ''Contrast and Phonological Activity in Manchu Vowel
Systems,'' coauthored with Xi Zhang. These papers may be downloaded from the
workshop website.

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