LINGUIST List 18.155

Tue Jan 16 2007

Calls: Applied Linguistics/Spain; Phonetics, Phonology/Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Dan Parker <>

Directory         1.    Carlos Periñán, Human and Material Resources in Foreign Language Learning
        2.    Marc van Oostendorp, Segments and Tone

Message 1: Human and Material Resources in Foreign Language Learning
Date: 16-Jan-2007
From: Carlos Periñán <>
Subject: Human and Material Resources in Foreign Language Learning

Full Title: Human and Material Resources in Foreign Language Learning Short Title: RFLL07
Date: 12-Jul-2007 - 13-Jul-2007 Location: Murcia, Spain Contact Person: Imelda Brady
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Call Deadline: 18-Apr-2007

Meeting Description:

II International Conference on Human and Material Resources in Foreign Language Learning12-13 July 2007Universidad Católica San Antonio, Murcia (Spain)

We welcome paper proposals in relation to the roles that any of the following can play in the language learning process:1. Human resources: native speakers, tandem learning, language advisors, language teachers, peer learners...2. Traditional resources: paper-based (grammar books, textbooks, printed media...), audiovisual (video, cassette, DVD)...3. Computer-based resources: software, Internet, electronic communication tools (forum, chat, e-mail)...

Paper proposals for 20-minute papers (and 10-minute discussion) must include:* Personal and academic data: author's name, affiliation and e-mail address* An abstract up to 150 words, including the paper title* A three-page double-space description of your research question

Important Dates:

Abstract submission deadline: 18 April 2007Notification of acceptance: 9 May 2007Final papers deadline: 1 June 2007Conference dates: 12-13 July 2007

Message 2: Segments and Tone
Date: 16-Jan-2007
From: Marc van Oostendorp <>
Subject: Segments and Tone

Full Title: Segments and Tone
Date: 07-Jun-2007 - 08-Jun-2007 Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands Contact Person: Marc van Oostendorp
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology

Call Deadline: 10-Mar-2007

Meeting Description:

'Segments and tone' is a two-day workshop on the relations betweensegmental structure and tonal phenomena, both from a synchronic and from adiachronic, and both from a phonetic and from a phonological perspective.

Tone features are commonly assigned to prosodic levels such as moras orsyllables to account for their autosegmental behavior (in spreading, forinstance). But this does not bar them from interacting with segmentalproperties of at least three types:

- laryngeal features: prevocalic voiced consonants may induce a low tone orblock a high tone, postvocalic glottalization/aspiration may induce risingor falling tones;- sonority: tones may only occur on consonants that are sufficiently sonorous;- vowel height: high vowels have a phonetic preference for higher tone.

These phenomena still raise many theoretical amd empirical questions, forinstance: Why is the phonetic effect of vowel height on fundamentalfrequency (almost?) never phonologized even though it is at least as largeas that of obstruent voicing, which does give rise to tone contrasts? Whatis the reason for the asymmetrical influence of laryngeal configurations ontone (pre- vs. postvocalic)? Do segmental and tonal features interactdirectly or rather indirectly, mediated by syllable and/or foot structure(as claimed for the interaction between vowel height and tone in Fuzhou,for instance) or other prosodic properties (e.g., register distinctions asa medial diachronic step between the loss of obstruent voicing andtonogenesis in many Southeast Asian languages)? Finally, how do we dealwith exceptions to the tendencies mentioned above, e.g. languages like U(Mon-Khmer) or Central and Low Franconian (Germanic), in which vowel heightand postvocalic voicing distinctions do play a role in tonogenesis?

We organize a two-day workshop, addressing issues like these, and anyrelated issues concerning the phonological or phonetic interaction betweenthe internal structure of consonants and vowels on the one hand and tone onthe other.Speakers will have the opportunity to present a 45 minute talk, followed by15 minutes discussion.

Abstracts (1 page, PDF format) are to be submitted before March 8, 2007 Notification of acceptance: March 22,2007.