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LINGUIST List 23.3581

Mon Aug 27 2012

Calls: Phonetics, Phonology, Computational Ling, Cognitive Sci, Socioling/USA

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 26-Aug-2012
From: Alan Yu <aclyuuchicago.edu>
Subject: Workshop on Sound Change Actuation
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Full Title: Workshop on Sound Change Actuation

Date: 17-Apr-2013 - 18-Apr-2013
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Contact Person: Alan Yu
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/phonlab/sound-change-actuation/

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2013

Meeting Description:

Workshop on Sound Change Actuation
April 17-18, 2013
University of Chicago

One of the great mysteries of linguistics is the so-called actuation problem, that is, what causes the inception of language change, if the linguistic conditions favoring particular changes are always present? This problem of language change was first articulated by Weinreich, Labov, and Herzog in 1968 and is still largely unanswered to this day.

This workshop will focus on the role of the individuals in the actuation of sound change. Previous studies on sound change have mainly focused on group-normative effects, that is, effects that are representative of the population as a whole. Recent work has drawn on interspeaker variation as a solution to the actuation puzzle. Understanding the source(s) of the individual linguistic differences is seen as crucial for understanding sound change propagation, particularly for the purpose of identifying the characteristics of the linguistic innovators and early adopters of change.

The workshop will consist of four theme panels targeting the perceptual, articulatory, socio-indexical and computation aspects of the actuation problem in sound change. The invited speakers and discussants are:

Panels (Speaker; Discussant):

Perceptual factors in sound change actuation: Cynthia Clopper (Ohio State); Pam Beddor (Michigan)
Articulatory factors in sound change actuation: Bryan Gick (British Columbia); Jeff Mielke (Ottawa/NCSU)
Socio-indexical factors in sound change actuation: Rob Podesva (Stanford); Jane Stuart-Smith (Glasgow)
Computational modeling of sound change actuation: Janet Pierrehumbert (Northwestern); Morgan Sonderegger (McGill)/James Kirby (Edinburgh)

Call for Papers:

We invite papers any of the above aspects of the problem of actuation. Contributions are strongly encouraged, but not restricted, to address the following questions:

What role does human agency have on the initiation and propagation of sound change?
How much control and free choice does a person have on which linguistic variants to use and which to reject?
To what extent is sound change influenced by innate neuro-cognitive factors?
How should individual-level effects on language be modeled within grammatical frameworks that assume the universality of linguistic abilities?

A selection of the workshop presentation will be collected for a special issue of a journal.

Submission Guidelines:

We invited oral presentations and posters.
Abstracts should be no longer than two pages (12pt font) with at least 1 inch margins.
Talks will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes of discussion.
Abstracts should be emailed as an attachment (pdf format) to workshopuofcgmail.com no later than midnight, January 15, 2013.
Authors should include title of the paper, name of the author(s) and affiliation in the body of the email.

Important Dates and Information:

January 15, 2013: Deadline for abstract submission
February 1, 2013: Notification of acceptance
March 1, 2013: Submission of a long-form abstract (4-6 US letter-sized pages, including examples, figures, and references) from oral presenters
April 17-18, 2013: Workshop on Sound Change Actuation

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