LINGUIST List 20.4263|
Fri Dec 11 2009
Calls: Phonetics, Phonology, General Ling, Historical Ling/Lithuania
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Workshop on Diphthongs, SLE 2010
Message 1: Workshop on Diphthongs, SLE 2010
From: Klaus Geyer <klaus.geyeruni-erfurt.de>
Subject: Workshop on Diphthongs, SLE 2010
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Full Title: Workshop on Diphthongs, SLE 2010
Date: 02-Sep-2010 - 05-Sep-2010
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Contact Person: Klaus Geyer
Meeting Email: klaus.geyeruni-erfurt.de
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Phonetics;
Call Deadline: 31-Dec-2009
Around one third of the world's languages are assumed to have diphthongs as a
part of their sound systems, but a sufficiently fine-grained means for analysis
and description is still lacking - a fact, that could explain why the issue of
diphthongs is often left aside in many language descriptions. Taking, on the
other hand, a closer look at in principle very well described and documented
languages such as Finnish with it's rather extensive diphthong inventory or
system, as provided by grammatical sketches and reference grammars, reveals
surprisingly wide differences and even contradictions - although, at first
glance, discerning, analysing, and describing diphthongs seems to be a simple
task: Most often, the objects of 'diphthongology' are defined as combinations of
two vowels which occur within one syllable. But this is where the trouble
starts: Is it vowels or rather vocoids that are the basic sound elements in
diphthongs? What does two mean in this context? Furthermore, what types of
diphthongs can be identified according to their features, e. g. opening vs.
closing, rounding vs. de-rounding/spreading, rising vs. falling, crescendo vs.
decrescendo? How do diphthongs and diphthong types vary cross-linguistically?
How are diphthongs affected by language contact? Besides that, questions like
the analysis of diphthongs within the non-linear syllable structure and their
controversial status as mono- or biphonemic units could be addressed.
Call for Paper
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questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results - by using the Submit
Abstract button in the upper right corner of the conference site
www.flf.vu.lt/sle2010/ before 1-Jan-2010 (CC to: klaus.geyeruni-erfurt.de and
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