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LINGUIST List 18.2401

Mon Aug 13 2007

Calls: Phonetics,Phonology/France

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        1.    Mohamed Yeou, Coarticulation: Cues, Direction, and Representation

Message 1: Coarticulation: Cues, Direction, and Representation
Date: 12-Aug-2007
From: Mohamed Yeou <m_yeouyahoo.com>
Subject: Coarticulation: Cues, Direction, and Representation
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Full Title: Coarticulation: Cues, Direction, and Representation

Date: 07-Dec-2007 - 07-Dec-2007
Location: Montpellier, France
Contact Person: Mohamed Embarki
Meeting Email: mohamed.embarkiuniv-montp3.fr
Web Site: http://recherche.univ-montp3.fr/praxiling/spip.php?rubrique35

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2007

Meeting Description:

This is an AFCP workshop organised by Praxiling UMR 5267 CNRS-Montpellier
III & Dipralang EA 739, Montpellier III. It will be held in Montpellier,
France, December 7, 2007.

Coarticulation generally refers to the acoustic and articulatory
variability that arises due to the influence of adjacent or nearby
segments; it is one of the most pervasive and complex aspects of speech
production. Rapid technological development in the field of experimental
phonetics has made it possible to closely investigate variability in speech
of this kind, making coarticulation research one of the most important
research areas in the phonetic sciences.
One reason that explains this importance is that researchers have always
hoped to discover the underlying units of speech production, together with
the linking mechanisms, by extensively investigating coarticulatory aspects
in speech. There are a large number of theories and models of
coarticulation that have been proposed to account for coarticulation.
However, a satisfactory explanation has yet to be reached. Recently
interest has been directed towards considering different factors of
variability, mainly linguistic and sociolinguistic: stress, prosodic
boundary, rate and speaking style. Such interest has further underlined the
complexity of understanding speech production processes and made the task
of proposing a comprehensive theory of coarticulation difficult, as it must
be able to account for any type of variability found in coarticulatory
patterns. Other important aspects that have recently been considered are
cross-linguistic comparisons and acquisitional processes of coarticulation.
Cross-linguistic studies are very crucial in distinguishing universal
aspects of speech from language-specific ones. Studies of coarticulation in
children can inform us about the ontogenetic origin of coarticulation.

Poster papers will, primarily but not exclusively, focus on one (or more)
of the following topics:
1. Methods and instruments for data acquisition and measurement
2. Motor aspects and articulatory constraints
3. Direction and extent of coarticulation
4. Variability due to linguistic or sociolinguistic factors and
cross-linguistic variation
5. Perception of coarticulation
6. Implication for phonological theory
7. Acquisitional processes of coarticulation

The workshop will be organized around five talks delivered by the invited
speakers and a poster session. Papers submitted to the poster session will
be reviewed by an international scientific committee. Accepted papers will
be published in the proceedings of the workshop and edited by l'Harmattan,
collection Langue & Parole.

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