LINGUIST List 23.2886

Sat Jun 30 2012

Calls: Phonetics, Phonology, Cognitive Sci, Neuroling, Psycholing/USA

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 29-Jun-2012
From: Eric Raimy <>
Subject: Conference on the Feature in Phonology
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Full Title: Conference on the Feature in Phonology
Date: 16-Jan-2013 - 18-Jan-2013 Location: New York City, New York, USA Contact Person: Chuck Cairns
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Neurolinguistics; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 21-Sep-2012

Meeting Description:

Conference on the Feature in PhonologySponsored by the MA/PhD Program in Linguistics at the City University of New York and the CUNY Phonology Forum

January 16-18, 2013, at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave., New York City

Invited Speakers:

Rachid Ridouane, Laboratoire de Phonétique et PhonologieMorris Halle, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyElan Dresher, University of Toronto

Organized by Chuck Cairns, CUNY and Eric Raimy, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Call for Papers:

We invite papers from any subdivision of cognitive science such as formal linguistics, language acquisition, neurolinguistics, phonetics, philosophy, psychology, etc. We also encourage diversity in methods so we welcome both formal and experimental approaches to the topic of features.

The following list of questions is meant to be suggestive and provocative. The organizers wish to emphasize that the field of discussion for the conference is open to all matters related to the feature in phonology, phonetics, psycholinguistics, poetics, etc. In short, submissions are invited from within a broad penumbra of the study of the feature.

Do features exist? If they exist, at what level of representation? Are they mental entities? Do they inhere in the vocal tract?Where do features come from?What is the role of contrast in defining or explaining phonological features?Are features the smallest, indivisible units of phonology?Are they divisible into yet smaller, atomic units?Are features merely convenient classificatory fictions?Is the principle of features in phonology an instance of a broader phenomenon?Do features inhere in segments, nodes of a prosodic hierarchy, or what?What principles guide the organization of features?What aspects of features are referred to by morphological and phonological rules/constraints?How do phonetic features relate to phonological features (and vice versa)?What role is played by features in human cognition?Are phonological features uniquely human?What is the neural representation of features?

Submission Guidelines:

We invite both oral presentations and posters. Abstracts should consist of a one page description of the paper (12pt font) with a second page for references, data and/or illustrations; please specify if you wish a poster, an oral presentation, or don't care which. Talks will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes for discussion. Abstracts should be emailed as an attachment (PDF format) to

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