LINGUIST List 18.296

Fri Jan 26 2007

Calls: Phonology/UK; Comp Ling,Hist Ling,Phonology/Czech Republic

Editor for this issue: Ania Kubisz <>

Directory         1.    Patrick Honeybone, 15th Manchester Phonology Meeting
        2.    John Nerbonne, Computing and Historical Phonology: 9th SIGMORPHON Meeting

Message 1: 15th Manchester Phonology Meeting
Date: 25-Jan-2007
From: Patrick Honeybone <>
Subject: 15th Manchester Phonology Meeting

Full Title: 15th Manchester Phonology Meeting Short Title: 15mfm

Date: 24-May-2007 - 26-May-2007 Location: Manchester, United Kingdom Contact Person: Patrick Honeybone Meeting Email:, or phone +44 (0)131 651 1838). - Patrick Honeybone (Edinburgh) - Ricardo Bermudez-Otero (Manchester) - Philip Carr (Montpellier-Paul Valery) - Jacques Durand (Toulouse-Le Mirail)

Advisory Board - Jill Beckman (Iowa) - Bert Botma (Leiden) - Mike Davenport (Durham) - Daniel L. Everett (Illinois State) - Paul Foulkes (York) - S.J. Hannahs (Newcastle upon Tyne) - John Harris (UCL) - Kristine A. Hildebrandt (Manchester) - Martin Krämer (Tromso) - Aditi Lahiri (Konstanz) - Ken Lodge (UEA) - Marc van Oostendorp (Meertens Instituut) - Glyne Piggott (McGill) - Curt Rice (Tromso) - Catherine O. Ringen (Iowa) - Tobias Scheer (Nice) - James M. Scobbie (QMUC) - Dan Silverman (McGill) - Moira Yip (UCL)
Message 2: Computing and Historical Phonology: 9th SIGMORPHON Meeting
Date: 25-Jan-2007
From: John Nerbonne <>
Subject: Computing and Historical Phonology: 9th SIGMORPHON Meeting

Full Title: Computing and Historical Phonology: 9th SIGMORPHON Meeting Short Title: CompHistPhon

Date: 28-Jun-2007 - 28-Jun-2007 Location: Prague, Czech Republic Contact Person: John Nerbonne Meeting Email: Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Phonology

Call Deadline: 26-Mar-2007

Meeting Description:

This workshop of the ACL Special Interest Group on Computational Morphology and Phonology will feature especially work on computing in service of historical phonology. The vision is to systematize William Jones's (1786) criterion that 'strong affinities' that could not be 'accident', and give it algorithmic form.

We deliberately define the scope of the workshop broadly to include problems such as identifying spelling variants in older manuscripts, searching for cognates, hypothesizing and confirming sound changes and/or sound correspondences, modeling likely sound changes, the relation between synchronic social and geographic variation to historical change, the detection of phonetic signals of relatedness among potentially related languages, phylogenetic reconstruction based on sound correspondences among languages, dating historical changes, or others.

We are emphatically open to papers applying techniques from other areas to problems in historical phonology such as applying work on confusable product names to the modeling of likely sound correspondences or the application of phylogenetic analysis from evolutionary biology to the problem of phonological reconstruction.

The workshop will be open to all areas of computation applied to morphology and phonology. Papers will be on substantial, original, and unpublished research on any aspect of computational phonology and computational morphology. But we wish to focus on papers on historical phonology.

Brett Kessler, Washington University, St. Louis, will deliver the keynote on word similarity metrics and multilateral comparison.

See for details on 8-pp. abstracts including formatting instructions.