LINGUIST List 20.2880

Wed Aug 26 2009

Confs: Phonetics, Phonology, Spoken Arabic/UK

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        1.    Sam Hellmuth, Intonational Variation in Arabic

Message 1: Intonational Variation in Arabic
Date: 25-Aug-2009
From: Sam Hellmuth <>
Subject: Intonational Variation in Arabic
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Intonational Variation in Arabic Short Title: IVA09

Date: 28-Sep-2009 - 29-Sep-2009 Location: York, United Kingdom Contact: Sam Hellmuth Contact Email: Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology

Subject Language(s): Spoken Arabic

Meeting Description:

The first international conference on Intonational Variation in Arabic will be held on 28th and 29th September 2009 at the University of York, UK. The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers working on Arabic prosody and intonation, and together to explore the range of prosodic variation observed in spoken varieties of Arabic.

Conference Website:

Intonational Variation in Arabic

Programme (with abstracts): Venue & registration:

Provisional Programme

Monday 28th September

12.30-13.30 Registration

13.30-13.45 Sam Hellmuth & Dana Chahal Welcome from the conference organisers

13.45-14.30 Invited speaker: Francis Nolan (University of Cambridge) Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Studying Intra-Language Intonational Variation

14.30-15.00 Daniel Newman (University of Durham) & Jo Verhoeven (City University): Cross-dialectal Intonation Contours in Arabic

15.00-15.30 Andrew Dilbert (American University in Cairo): Colloquial Damascene Arabic Intonation: A Description of Contours in Four Syntactic Categories

15.30-16.00 Coffee

16.00-17.30 Intonational Transcription Workshop Sam Hellmuth (University of York) & Dana Chahal (University of Melbourne) - Transcription systems and how to map between them - Using transcription to establish an intonational phonological inventory - Practical exercises and data samples

18.30 Meet to catch bus into York for conference dinner

19.00-22.00 Conference dinner (included in conference registration fee)

Tuesday 29th September

9.30-10.00 Dina El Zarka (Universit├Ąt Graz): The Representation of Focal Accents in Egyptian Arabic

10.00-10.30 Raya Kalaldeh (Trinity College, Dublin): Peak Alignment in Jordanian Formal and Colloquial Arabic

10.30-11.00 Coffee

11.00-11.30 Hanady Mansour (Qatar University): Intonation and Stress Generator for Arabic Text-To-Speech

11.30-12.00 Droua-Hamdani, G. (CRSTDLA, Algiers), Selouani, S.A. (University of Moncton, Canada), Boudraa, M., Boudraa, B. (USTHB, Algiers): ALGASD Project: Statistical Study of Vocalic Variations According to Education Levels of Algiers Speakers

12.00-12.30 Bouchhioua, Nadia (University of 7th November, Carthage, Tunisia): Stress and Accent in Tunisian Arabic

12.30-13.45 Sandwich lunch (included in conference registration fee)

13.45-14.15 Abdel-Fattah Moftah (Suez Canal University, Ismailiya): Stress Timing of Tone Groups in Arabic

14.15-14.45 Mohammed Hafiz (University of Melbourne): An Account of Tonicity and Intonation of West African Spoken Standard Arabic: A Case Study of Ghanaian Muslim Scholars

14.45-15.15 Coffee

15.15-16.00 Invited speaker: Judith Rosenhouse (Swantech Ltd): A Phonetic Delineation of Pragmatic Features in Male Bedouin Narratives

16.00-16.15 Closing greetings

16.15-17.00 Closing reception