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Full Title: Phonetics, Phonology and Language Contact

Short Title: PPLC13
Location: Paris, France
Start Date: 21-Aug-2013 - 23-Aug-2013
Contact: Veronique Delvaux
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Meeting URL: https://sites.google.com/site/ppcpinterspeech2013/home
Meeting Description: The conference PPLC 13 ‘Phonetics, Phonology and Language Contact’ is a satellite event of Interspeech 2013 (http://www.interspeech2013.org/) which aims to bring together students and researchers working in the field of language acquisition, bilingualism and language contact situations. It distinguishes itself from other conferences addressing these issues by wanting to provide a forum for dialogue and exchange between researchers working on second language acquisition, on the one hand, and researchers interested in multilingualism or in language varieties used in contact situations (for example, English or French spoken in Africa) on the other hand. The possibility of comparing the characteristics of varieties emerging from language contact with the characteristics of varieties used by language learners will allow us to gain new insights on a range of linguistic questions, including among others: Which linguistic elements are acquired most easily, which elements are the ones most likely to disappear in contact situations or in cases of attrition, how to evaluate the complexity of the languages of the world, what impact can this knowledge have for teaching foreign languages?

The conference will be held at the General Wallonia-Brussels Delegation in Paris (274, Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007 Paris), and will take place from Wednesday, August 21, 2013 (2:00 p.m.) to Friday, August 23, 2013. The conference will include several oral and poster sessions as well as a half-day tutorial focusing on topics related to the development of resources for working on the phonology and phonetics in language contact situations (tools, transcription systems, construction of corpora, etc.).

The keynote speakers of the conference are:

Catherine Best, University of Western Sydney
Ulrike Gut, University of Münster
Paul Iverson, University College London
Sabine Zerbian, University of Potsdam
Linguistic Subfield: Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Phonology; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.2762

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