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LINGUIST List 18.2932

Mon Oct 08 2007

Calls: General,Historical Ling/USA

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Message 1: Symposium on Phonologization
Date: 08-Oct-2007
From: Alan Yu <phonlabgmail.com>
Subject: Symposium on Phonologization
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Full Title: Symposium on Phonologization

Date: 25-Apr-2008 - 26-Apr-2008
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Contact Person: Alan Yu
Meeting Email: phonlabgmail.com
Web Site: http://humanities.uchicago.edu/phonlab/phonologization.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Phonetics;
Phonology

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2008

Meeting Description

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago is pleased to invite
abstracts for submission to a symposium entitled 'Phonologization' to be held at
the University of Chicago, April 25-26, 2008. Explanations for sound change have
focused traditionally on identifying the inception of change, the nature of
phonologization - the transition from intrinsic phonetic variation to extrinsic
phonological encoding - remains largely unexplored. The goal of this workshop is
to facilitate collaboration among phonologists as well as specialists from
neighboring disciplines seeking unified theoretical explanations for the origins
of sound patterns in language, as well as to move toward a new and improved
synthesis of synchronic and diachronic phonology.

Call for Papers

Explanations for sound change have focused traditionally on identifying the
inception of change, that is, the identification of perturbations of the speech
signal, conditioned by physiological constraints on articulatory and/or auditory
mechanisms, which affect the way sounds are analyzed by the listener. While this
emphasis on identifying the intrinsic variation in speech has provided important
insights into the origins of widely attested cross-linguistic sound changes, the
nature of phonologization - the transition from intrinsic phonetic variation to
extrinsic phonological encoding - remains largely unexplored. Several factors,
however, have been implicated in the phonologization process:

1) analytic or cognitive biases: certain patterns are difficult or impossible to
acquire even from perfect learning data;
2) phonetic precursor robustness: the extent to which intrinsic frequency
and subtlety of a phonetic precursor plays a decisive role in the
phonologization process;
3) lexical frequency and gradient phonotactics: some words and sound
combinations are more frequent than others, suggesting that the composition
of the lexicon may influence the incorporation of one pattern over another; and
4) socio-phonetic factors: individuals vary in their rates of adopting new
variants on account of social position, physical and social mobility, and attitude.

The goal of this workshop is to facilitate collaboration among phonologists
as well as specialists from neighboring disciplines seeking unified theoretical
explanations for the origins of sound patterns in language, as well as to move
toward a new and improved synthesis of synchronic and diachronic phonology.

The symposium will include invited talks by:

Beth Hume (The Ohio State University)
Larry Hyman (University of California, Berkeley)
Norma Mendoza-Denton (University of Arizona)
Elliot Moreton (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Any papers on research examining phonologization processes are invited.
Abstracts must following the guidelines below:

1) Abstracts are limited to two single-spaced pages. Data and examples must
be given within the body of the text rather than at the end. All texts
should fit within a letter-size or A4 page, 12-point font with 1-inch
margin all around.
2) Abstract submission is by email-attachment only. Save your abstract as a
pdf file. (Documents in other formats must be converted before submission.)
Name your abstract with your last name followed by the suffix pdf (e.g.,
smith.pdf). Send your abstract to: phonlabgmail.com
3) In your email, however, please make sure to include the following
information:

- Title of your paper
- Your full name (capitalize your last name)
- Affiliation (department and university)
- Preferred mailing address (where acceptance letters, if needed in hard
copy, should be sent)
- Your telephone number and email address

Submission deadline: January 15, 2008
Notification of acceptance: February 1, 2008


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