LINGUIST List 18.765

Tue Mar 13 2007

Confs: Phonetics,Phonology,Psycholinguistics/USA

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Directory         1.    Andries Coetzee, Experimental Approaches to Optimality Theory

Message 1: Experimental Approaches to Optimality Theory
Date: 09-Mar-2007
From: Andries Coetzee <>
Subject: Experimental Approaches to Optimality Theory

Experimental Approaches to Optimality Theory Short Title: ExpOT

Date: 18-May-2007 - 20-May-2007 Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA Contact: Andries Coetzee Contact Email: Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics

Meeting Description:

Experimental Approaches to Optimality Theory

Invited speakers: René Kager (Utrecht) and Joe Pater (UMass)

Over the past few decades, experimental data have been used increasingly as evidence in phonological theorizing. This is no less true of Optimality Theory (OT) as is evidenced by the growing body of OT literature that uses experimental data. The purpose of this workshop is twofold. On the one hand, we want to investigate the extent to which experimental data can be used to fine-tune OT analyses. On the other hand, we want to consider the challenges that non-categorical experimental data may pose to OT.

ExpOT: Experimental Approaches to Optimality Theory

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

18 to 20 May, 2007

Invited speakers: René Kager (Utrecht), Joe Pater (UMass)

Friday, May 18

8:30-9:15 Registration

9:15-9:30 Opening

9:30-10:10 Anne-Michelle Tessier (University of Alberta Cross-modal methodologies and OT phonological learning

10:10-10:50 Frans Adriaans (Utrecht University) Learning phonotactic constraints from continuous speech

10:50-11:20 Break

11:20-12:20 René Kager (Utrecht University) TBA

12:20-2:00 Lunch

2:00-2:40 Matthew Goldrick and Robert Daland (Northwestern University) Linking grammatical principles with experimental speech production data: insights from harmonic grammar networks

2:40-3:20 Jason Shaw (New York University) Acoustic evidence for synchronically borrowed contrast and implications for a correspondence theory of loanword phonology

3:20-3:50 Break

3:50-4:30 Mary Ann Walter (MIT) Gradient gender assignment in Spanish: an OT-GLA account

4:30-5:10 Anya Lunden (College of William and Mary) What is behind NONFINALITY?

6:00-9:00 Reception

Saturday, May 19

9:30-10:10 Iris Berent and Tracy Lennertz (Florida Atlantic University) What we know about what we have never heard before: evidence from perceptual illusions

10:10-10:50 James Kirby and Alan Yu (University of Chicago) Hidden knowledge of syllable gap wellformedness

10:50-11:20 Break

11:20-12:20 Joe Pater (University of Massachusetts) Cumulative markedness in experimental and typological data

12:20-2:00 Lunch

2:00-2:40 Elliott Moreton (University of North Carolina) Competition in perceptual grammar

2:40-3:20 Paul Boersma (University of Amsterdam) The emergence of ranking by cue

3:20-3:50 Break

3:50-4:30 Jiwon Hwang, Ellen Broselow, Nancy Squires and Susana de Leon (Stony Brook University) Asymmetries in perception and production

4:30-5:10 Abby Kaplan (UCSC) *ND#, Not *ND: Evidence from English

Sunday, May 20

9:30-10:10 Daniel A. Dinnsen, Judith A. Gierut & Ashley W. Farris (Indiana University) An experimental evaluation of comparative markedness

10:10-10:50 Andries W. Coetzee (University of Michigan) Learning lexical exceptions

10:50-11:20 Break

11:20-12:00 Martin Kraemer (University of Tromsø) What does Signor Rossi do? Modelling population behaviour in OT

12:00-12:40 Xinting Zhang (University of Michigan), San Duanmu (University of Michigan), Yuchau E. Hsiao (National Chengchi University), and Kay Sung (National Chengchi University) Beat-sharing in poetry: An experimental study