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Mon Feb 06 2012

Calls: Mayan, Phonetics, Phonology/Germany

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        1.     Stavros Skopeteas , Mayan Prosody Meeting

Message 1: Mayan Prosody Meeting
Date: 01-Feb-2012
From: Stavros Skopeteas <stavros.skopeteasuni-bielefeld.de>
Subject: Mayan Prosody Meeting
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Full Title: Mayan Prosody Meeting
Short Title: MPM

Date: 20-Apr-2012 - 20-Apr-2012
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Contact Person: Stavros Skopeteas
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology

Other Specialty: Mayan Languages

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2012

Meeting Description:

The prosody of Mayan languages has attracted significant attention in recent years. Some issues in the focus of current research are (a) the interaction between tone and intonation - especially in those languages that have developed lexical tones and (b) the interface between prosody and syntax.

For some languages of the family, there are sketches of the prosodic structure, see Avelino (2011) on Yucatec, Nielsen (2005) on K'ich'ee, and Shklovsky (2011) on Tseltal. An intriguing issue is the interaction of intonation with lexical tones, since tonogenesis is attested in some languages of the family, i.e., Yucatec (Fisher 1976), Uspantec (Bennett and Henderson 2011), and at least a dialect of Tzotzil (Salovesh 1996). In particular for Yucatec Maya, there is a number of recent studies examining the impact of information structure on the tonal realization, see Gussenhoven 2006, Gussenhoven & Teeuw 2007, Kügler & Skopeteas 2006, 2007, Kügler, Skopeteas and Verhoeven 2007, Sobrino Gómez 2010, Avelino 2011. A further paradigm of related research investigates the interaction between pitch and glottalization in this language; see Avelino et al. 2007, Frazier 2009, 2011, to appear.

Another class of prosodic phenomena relates to the phonological and - interestingly also - morphological delimitation of intonational phrases mapping syntactic configurations. Many languages of the family display a class of enclitics that are aligned with intonational phrase boundaries. These phenomena are already explored in grammars, see, e.g., Grinevald Craig (1977) on Jacaltec and Aissen (1987) on Tzotzil. Their relation to intonational phrase boundaries and the role of the syntactic configurations are analysed in Aissen (1992); a number of recent studies shed light to the complex issues of prosodic phrasing in these languages, see Tucker & Henderson 2010 and Henderson (2011) on K'ich'ee, Shklovsky (2011) on Tseltal, and Skopeteas (2010) on several languages of the family.

The Mayan Prosody Meeting at the University of Bielefeld is an informal meeting that aims to an in-depth discussion between scholars working on related data. Studies on the prosody of Mayan languages as well as on further related phenomena (e.g., contact phenomena in Spanish or prosodic analyses on further languages of the area) are welcome.

Confirmed speakers: Carlos Gussenhoven (Radboud University Nijmegen), Frank Kügler (University of Potsdam)

Local organizers: Markus Greif, Stavros Skopeteas

Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts for 40-minute presentations (plus 15 minutes for discussion). Abstracts should not exceed one page, including examples and references. Please send your abstracts electronically in pdf- or doc-format to:


Deadline for submissions is the 28 February 2012. Notification of acceptance will be sent on 10 March 2012.

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