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LINGUIST List 18.155

Tue Jan 16 2007

Calls: Applied Linguistics/Spain; Phonetics, Phonology/Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Dan Parker <danlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Carlos Periñán, Human and Material Resources in Foreign Language Learning
        2.    Marc van Oostendorp, Segments and Tone

Message 1: Human and Material Resources in Foreign Language Learning
Date: 16-Jan-2007
From: Carlos Periñán <jcperinanpdi.ucam.edu>
Subject: Human and Material Resources in Foreign Language Learning

Full Title: Human and Material Resources in Foreign Language Learning
Short Title: RFLL07

Date: 12-Jul-2007 - 13-Jul-2007
Location: Murcia, Spain
Contact Person: Imelda Brady
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.ucam.edu/unidcentral/idiomas/Events/004/index.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Call Deadline: 18-Apr-2007

Meeting Description:

II International Conference on Human and Material Resources in Foreign Language Learning
12-13 July 2007
Universidad Católica San Antonio, Murcia (Spain)

We welcome paper proposals in relation to the roles that any of the following can play in the language learning process:
1. Human resources: native speakers, tandem learning, language advisors, language teachers, peer learners...
2. Traditional resources: paper-based (grammar books, textbooks, printed media...), audiovisual (video, cassette, DVD)...
3. Computer-based resources: software, Internet, electronic communication tools (forum, chat, e-mail)...

Paper proposals for 20-minute papers (and 10-minute discussion) must include:
* Personal and academic data: author's name, affiliation and e-mail address
* An abstract up to 150 words, including the paper title
* A three-page double-space description of your research question

Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: 18 April 2007
Notification of acceptance: 9 May 2007
Final papers deadline: 1 June 2007
Conference dates: 12-13 July 2007

Message 2: Segments and Tone
Date: 16-Jan-2007
From: Marc van Oostendorp <Marc.van.OostendorpMeertens.knaw.nl>
Subject: Segments and Tone

Full Title: Segments and Tone

Date: 07-Jun-2007 - 08-Jun-2007
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact Person: Marc van Oostendorp
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology

Call Deadline: 10-Mar-2007

Meeting Description:

'Segments and tone' is a two-day workshop on the relations between
segmental structure and tonal phenomena, both from a synchronic and from a
diachronic, and both from a phonetic and from a phonological perspective.

Tone features are commonly assigned to prosodic levels such as moras or
syllables to account for their autosegmental behavior (in spreading, for
instance). But this does not bar them from interacting with segmental
properties of at least three types:

- laryngeal features: prevocalic voiced consonants may induce a low tone or
block a high tone, postvocalic glottalization/aspiration may induce rising
or falling tones;
- sonority: tones may only occur on consonants that are sufficiently sonorous;
- vowel height: high vowels have a phonetic preference for higher tone.

These phenomena still raise many theoretical amd empirical questions, for
instance: Why is the phonetic effect of vowel height on fundamental
frequency (almost?) never phonologized even though it is at least as large
as that of obstruent voicing, which does give rise to tone contrasts? What
is the reason for the asymmetrical influence of laryngeal configurations on
tone (pre- vs. postvocalic)? Do segmental and tonal features interact
directly or rather indirectly, mediated by syllable and/or foot structure
(as claimed for the interaction between vowel height and tone in Fuzhou,
for instance) or other prosodic properties (e.g., register distinctions as
a medial diachronic step between the loss of obstruent voicing and
tonogenesis in many Southeast Asian languages)? Finally, how do we deal
with exceptions to the tendencies mentioned above, e.g. languages like U
(Mon-Khmer) or Central and Low Franconian (Germanic), in which vowel height
and postvocalic voicing distinctions do play a role in tonogenesis?

We organize a two-day workshop, addressing issues like these, and any
related issues concerning the phonological or phonetic interaction between
the internal structure of consonants and vowels on the one hand and tone on
the other.
Speakers will have the opportunity to present a 45 minute talk, followed by
15 minutes discussion.

Abstracts (1 page, PDF format) are to be submitted before March 8, 2007 to
Marc.van.OostendorpMeertens.KNAW.nl. Notification of acceptance: March 22,

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