LINGUIST List 23.3107

Wed Jul 18 2012

FYI: Book Call: Consonant Gemination in L1 and L2

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <>

Date: 18-Jul-2012
From: Chiara Celata <>
Subject: Book Call: Consonant Gemination in L1 and L2
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Call for Book Chapters

This is a call for chapters to be included in a miscellaneous volumeentitled ''Consonant germination in first and second languageacquisition'' (publication expected October 2013).

Chapters should concern original unpublished research related to thebook’s general topic.

The deadline for abstract submission is September 30th, 2012. Fullpapers should be submitted by February 28th, 2013.

Book Title:

Consonant Gemination in First and Second Language Acquisition

General topic:

Consonant gemination is a relatively marked feature in worldwidephonologies, and an area of frequent incertitude in the speech oflanguage learners.

Geminate and long consonants may be of different nature according totheir origin and phonological status in the language (e.g., lexicalgeminates, inherently long consonants, post-lexical geminates derivingfrom sandhi phenomena); most often several types of geminate andlong consonants are present in one language. The kind of therelationship between durational variations in the consonant system andthe duration of vocalic nuclei is one of the central propertiescontributing to the definition of the “prosodic type” of languages.Language-specific constraints on the distribution of short and longsegments interact with phonotactic preferences mostly grounded inperceptual or articulatory requirements on the distinctiveness ofsegments. Geminate and long consonants are relatively difficult tomaster for both children acquiring their native language and adultsecond language learners who do not possess the consonant lengthfeature in their L1 phonology. However, the existing literature coversonly a limited number of target languages (English in most cases) andextensive cross-linguistic comparisons are still lacking.

Aims of the volume:

This editorial project focuses on first and second language acquisitionof consonant gemination and has among its primary goals that ofenlarging the spectrum of the investigated languages, by analyzing thespeech of children and adults acquiring different languages and (in thecase of L2 acquisition) with different L1 backgrounds.

We invite the submission of abstracts on both speech production andperception; projects providing a comprehensive account of bothproduction and perception for the same speakers/languages will beparticularly welcome. Both phonetic and phonological approaches willbe considered; articulatory, acoustic, perceptual or communicativeaspects of the acquisition of consonant gemination all are of potentialinterest.


Chiara Celata, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa>

Scientific committee:

The scientific committee will be announced in a following call. Themembers (N = 4 to 8, according to the needs of the volume) will havean international profile.

Publishing house:

Pacini Editore (Pisa, Italy)


The language of the volume is English. Authors who are not nativespeakers of English will be requested to certify that the paper hasundergone professional review for language and style.

Important dates for contributors:

Deadline for one-page abstract submission: September 30th, 2012Notification of acceptance: October 30th, 2012Deadline for full paper submission: February 28th, 2013Manuscript sent to the publisher by: June 30th, 2013

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics

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