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LINGUIST List 21.2748

Tue Jun 29 2010

Calls: Phonetics, Phonology, Sociolinguistics/Italy

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        1.    Chiara Celata, Sociophonetics, at the Crossroads of Speech Variation, Processing and Communication

Message 1: Sociophonetics, at the Crossroads of Speech Variation, Processing and Communication
Date: 28-Jun-2010
From: Chiara Celata <c.celatasns.it>
Subject: Sociophonetics, at the Crossroads of Speech Variation, Processing and Communication
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Full Title: Sociophonetics, at the Crossroads of Speech Variation, Processing and Communication

Date: 14-Dec-2010 - 15-Dec-2010
Location: Pisa, Italy
Contact Person: Chiara Celata
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://linguistica.sns.it/Sociophonetics/home.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2010

Meeting Description:

Full Title: Sociophonetics, at the Crossroads of Speech Variation, Processing
and Communication

Sociophonetics is currently emerging as a research field with a growing agenda and an assortment of research directions. It focuses on the relationships between phonetic/phonological form and social, regional and interactional/communicative factors, with a particular interest in the implications of speech variation on theories of language change.

Beside the variationist approach to speech production, recent sociophonetic studies are also concerned with the effects of variation on speech perception, phonological categorisation, speaker and self identification, speech accommodation in production. By means of an intense exchange with other subdisciplines of linguistic and cognitive sciences, sociophonetics is also devoted to acquisition, processing, mental representation and transmission of socially conditioned phonetic variation. Ethnographic approaches to individuals' social worlds, on the other hand, have revealed that social meaning is much more nuanced than predetermined social categorization would suggest, and promoted reliance on locally relevant social categories. Even though many important questions about those phonetic parameters that can act as social indicators have been successfully addressed (though with relatively little effort beyond English), several issues concerning both theoretical grounding and methodological preferences of sociophonetic studies are still open for further discussion.

The workshop aims at gathering scholars working on different aspects of sociophonetic, phonetic and sociolinguistic variation, to create an informal atmosphere for critical debate on a range of relevant topics such as (but not limited to):

- Dimensions of sociophonetic variation: sociolinguistic variables for the construction of socioindexical phonological categories; clustering of variables within a linguistic community

- Instrumental techniques for sociophonetics research: the role of experimental phonetics for an explicit definition of crucial notions in variationist phonetics and phonology (e.g., the relationship between speech rate, style, register, hyper-/hypo-articulation etc. in connected speech)

- Perceptual dialectology, accent recognition, speakers' judgment about the indexical properties of variation in the speech signal

- Dialectology, historical linguistics and their contribution to sociophonetic research

- Sociophonetics and sociolinguistics: is current sociophonetics of any help in answering some critical issues of sociolinguistic research (e.g., the qualitative vs. quantitative evaluation of variables; the Observer's Paradox; the limits of experimental settings vs. naturalist informal observations of speakers' behavior)? Are theoretical and methodological improvements possible/envisaged/needed in sociophonetic research? What are the possible contributions of past and present sociolinguistics to that purpose?

- Sociophonetics and phonological theory

Keynote Speakers (in alphabetical order):

Gerard Docherty (University of Newcastle)
Sarah Hawkins (University of Cambridge)
William Labov (University of Pennsylvania)
Giovanna Marotta (Università di Pisa)
Gillian Sankoff (University of Pennsylvania)
Adrian Simpson (Universitaet Jena)
Rosanna Sornicola (Università di Napoli Federico II)
Jane Stuart-Smith (University of Glasgow)

Location: Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

Local organizing committee:
Pier Marco Bertinetto (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)
Silvia Calamai (Università di Siena)
Chiara Celata (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)

The workshop will host a high-profile poster session to complement the oral presentations given by the invited speakers. We therefore invite the submission of abstracts for poster presentations related to the workshop theme. A very limited number of proposals, deemed as particularly promising and suitable to the event, will be selected from among the group of submitted abstracts and the authors requested to present their papers orally, within the main session.

Anonymous abstracts should be submitted as .pdf, .doc or .docx files at the following address: sociophoneticssns.it. PDF files are the safest means of submission, as fonts and figures are more likely to be preserved. Submissions will be reviewed by a scientific committee that will be specified in an upcoming announcement. The text should be no longer than 800 words excluding tables, figure captions and bibliography. All the relevant information (text of the abstract, figures, tables, references) should not exceed 2 pages (A4 format). Abstracts should not contain author information, addresses, or affiliations.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is September 15th.

Important Dates:

Registration and abstract submission will open on August 25th.
Abstracts should be submitted by September 15th.
Notification of acceptance will be given by October 31st.

Early registration will end November 15th. Please note that early registration is free. Registrations after November 15th will imply the payment of a fee to be announced (between 30 and 50 Eu). Registration will be possible through the form available on the website.



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