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LINGUIST List 24.3317

Tue Aug 20 2013

Calls: Historical Linguistics, Phonology/UK

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 19-Aug-2013
From: Patrick Honeybone <patrick.honeyboneed.ac.uk>
Subject: Symposium on Historical Phonology
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Full Title: Symposium on Historical Phonology

Date: 13-Jan-2014 - 14-Jan-2014
Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Patrick Honeybone
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.lel.ed.ac.uk/symposium-on-historical-phonology

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Phonology

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2013

Meeting Description:

Early 2014 will see the publication of the Oxford Handbook of Historical Phonology. In part to celebrate this, and in part because Historical Phonology is inherently worth celebrating, we are organising a Symposium on Historical Phonology, to be held at the University of Edinburgh on 13th and 14th January 2014.

The Handbook aims to gather together perspectives on phonological change and on the reconstruction of past phonological states from across the discipline. The table of contents is available here:


Contributors to the Handbook have been invited to attend the symposium, and the symposium will consist of presentations by some of them, the organisers, and anyone else who would like to attend. Those contributors to the volume listed below provisionally intend to attend. The intention is for the event to be organised informally but to involve serious discussion of theoretical and practical issues in Historical Phonology.

Ricardo Bermudez-Otero (University of Manchester)
Andras Cser (Pázmány Péter Catholic University)
Patricia J. Donegan (University of Hawai‘i)
B. Elan Dresher (University of Toronto)
David Fertig (University at Buffalo)
Mark Hale (Concordia University)
Patrick Honeybone (University of Edinburgh)
Madelyn Kissock (Concordia University)
Roger Lass (University of Cape Town)
Warren Maguire (University of Edinburgh)
Donka Minkova (UCLA)
Geoffrey S. Nathan (Wayne State University)
Martha Ratliff (Wayne State University)
Joseph Salmons (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Tobias Scheer (Laboratoire BCL, University of Nice)
Daniel Schreier (University of Zurich)
Laura Catharine Smith (Brigham Young University)
Christian Uffmann (University of Sussex)
Adam Ussishkin (University of Arizona)
Marilyn Vihman (University of York)
Andrew Wedel (University of Arizona)
Malcah Yaeger-Dror (University of Arizona)
Alan C.L. Yu (University of Chicago)

Call for Papers:

We would now like to open participation to the symposium to anyone else with an interest in Historical Phonology. The fee for attendance will be minimal. If you would like to present at the symposium, you will need to send in a 250 word abstract explaining what you would like to discuss by 30 September at the very latest. We anticipate that most abstracts will be awarded a poster presentation slot. If more abstracts are received than can be accommodated, abstracts will be selected by the symposium organisers on the basis of the broadness of their relevance, modified by an impetus to ensure that a wide range of perspectives are represented. We welcome abstracts which discuss any aspect of Historical Phonology.

Your abstract should be no more than 250 words long and should explain the issues you aim to discuss and any results or conclusions you have. References may be included, and can be ignored for the word-count. As we hope not to have much, if anything, in the way of abstract reviewing, abstracts should be identified, with the title of your presentation and your name at the top. You should send your abstract as a PDF file by midnight on 30 September (GMT/UTC) as an attachment to an email to: patrick.honeyboneed.ac.uk. Please make sure any phonetic font that you use is embedded in the PDF.

Please see the symposium's website for further details:



All those involved in the Handbook have contributed to the symposium in some way. The organisation of the event itself is in the hands of the Handbook's editors:

Patrick Honeybone (University of Edinburgh)
Joseph Salmons (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

And of the following:

Rhona Alcorn (University of Edinburgh)
Julian Bradfield (University of Edinburgh)
Pavel Iosad (University of Edinburgh)
James Kirby (University of Edinburgh)
Warren Maguire (University of Edinburgh)
Michael Ramsammy (University of Edinburgh)

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