LINGUIST List 22.4634

Sun Nov 20 2011

Calls: Phonology, Typology/Peru

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        1.     Roberto Zariquiey , Segmental Harmony in Amazonian Languages

Message 1: Segmental Harmony in Amazonian Languages
Date: 20-Nov-2011
From: Roberto Zariquiey <>
Subject: Segmental Harmony in Amazonian Languages
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Full Title: Segmental Harmony in Amazonian Languages
Date: 24-Apr-2012 - 27-Apr-2012 Location: Lima, Peru Contact Person: Elsa Gomez-Imbert
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology; Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2011

Meeting Description:

Harmonic processes operating in Amazonian phonologies reported in the literature concern typical vocalic features like [aperture], consonantal features such as [voice], and nasality. Significant progress is being made in the study of nasal harmony: The phonology symposium of the 1st Amazonicas conference, held in Manaus in 2007, focused on this topic (Bruno et al., 2008). The exceptional properties of Amazonian nasal harmony have been noticed by fieldworkers and analysed by different phonological models. Currently, a Nasal Harmony Database 'NasDat' designed to identify the parameters is in progress (Wetzels & Goedemans, 2008).

In this 4th Amazonicas conference we wish to concentrate on harmonic segmental processes, both vocalic and consonantal. We aim at studying these processes in a more systematic way. First, referring to what is seen as a prototypical harmonic pattern. Second, exploring constraint conditions on triggers, targets and domains of harmony, as well as properties such as opacity, transparency and neutrality. Third, contributing to the identification of a set of harmonic features in languages of the area. Fourth, identifying the typological harmonic characteristics in terms of already identified parameters: iterativity, directionality and locality, among others.

By 'harmony' we refer to feature spreading over more than one segment. We also think of processes operating not only through derivations but also on lexical entries. We expect to gather well-documented cases and analyses that will contribute to a better understanding of the structure of vowel harmony and its typological profile (see Ribeiro, 2002). Even if consonantal harmony is by far less frequently attested, we hope to find surprises, coming, for instance, from the unusual behaviour of voicing in the Caribbean family.

Keynote Speakers:

Ian Maddieson (UC Berkeley, U New Mexico)Andrew Nevins (University College London)

Call for Papers:

We welcome papers dealing with segmental harmony presenting preferentially primary data, analysed in terms of novel theoretical and typological approaches (van der Hulst & van de Weijer, 1995; Archangeli & Pulleyblank, 2007).

Anonymous submissions - with the subject line 'Amazonicas_NAME' (i.e.'Amazonicas' followed by an underscore and then your last name) - should be sent to the e-mail addresses below:

Elsa Gomez-Imbert,


Archangeli, Diana, Douglas Pulleyblank (2007). « Harmony ». In Paul de Lacy (ed.) The Cambridge Book of Phonology. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, pp. 281-307.

Bruno, Ana Carla, Frantomé Pacheco, Francesc Queixalós, Leo Wetzels (2008). La structure des langues amazoniennes. Amerindia 32. Paris, A.E.A.

Ribeiro, Eduardo Rivail (2002). « Directionality in vowel harmony: the case of Karajá (Macro-Jê) ». Proceedings of the 28th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society: General Session and Parassession on Field Linguistics, pp. 475-485.

Van der Hulst, Harry, Jeroen Van de Weijer (1995). « Vowel harmony ». In John A. Goldsmith (ed.) The Handbook of Phonological Theory. Oxford, Blackwell, pp. 495-534.

Wetzels W. Leo, Rob Goedemans (2008). « NASDAT, an electronic database for the storage of the parameters of nasal harmony ». In Bruno et al. (resps.), pp. 321-344,

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