LINGUIST List 23.3171

Tue Jul 24 2012

Calls: Phonetics, Phonology, Semantics, Pragmatics, Typology/Germany

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Date: 24-Jul-2012
From: Stefan Baumann <>
Subject: Workshop on Prosody and Information Status in Typological Perspective
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Full Title: Workshop on Prosody and Information Status in Typological Perspective
Date: 12-Mar-2013 - 15-Mar-2013 Location: Potsdam, Germany Contact Person: Stefan Baumann
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology; Pragmatics; Semantics; Typology

Call Deadline: 30-Aug-2012

Meeting Description:

Workshop to be held at the 35th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Linguistics (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, DGfS)

Many languages employ prosodic strategies to express information structure, e.g. different types and sizes of focus domains, encoded by changes in phonetic parameters such as intensity, duration and fundamental frequency but also by differences in pitch register scaling of tones or phrasing. Recent studies on West-Germanic languages suggest that also the information status of referential expressions (ranging from brand-new to fully given; e.g. Prince 1981) is encoded by fine-grained prosodic differences, e.g. by varying the type of pitch accent or by exploiting both tonal and non-tonal prominences (Röhr & Baumann 2010, Baumann & Riester, submitted). Since the growing body of studies investigating the prosodic expression of focus show considerable cross-linguistic variation (Kügler 2011), a comparable amount of typological variation can be expected with regard to the information status of discourse referents.

The goal of this workshop is to gain new data, in particular from lesser-studied languages that add to the diversity of prosodic means for the expression of information structure and that may at the same time challenge and/or extend existing phonological and/or semantic models. We would thus like to invite researchers working on the interfaces between semantics, pragmatics and prosody, in particular from a typological perspective and with a view to data from lesser-studied languages.

Baumann, Stefan & Arndt Riester (submitted). Coreference, Lexical Givenness and Prosody in German. In: Hartmann, Jutta, Janina Radó & Susanne Winkler (eds.): 'Information Structure Triggers', Special Issue Lingua.

Kügler, Frank (2011). The prosodic expression of focus in typologically unrelated languages. Habilitationsschrift, University of Potsdam.

Prince, E.F. (1981). Toward a Taxonomy of Given-New Information. In: Cole, P. (Ed.), Radical Pragmatics. Academic Press, New York, 223-256.

Röhr, Christine & Stefan Baumann (2010). Prosodic Marking of Information Status in German. Proceedings Speech Prosody 2010, Chicago. 100019:1-4.

Invited Speakers:

Daniel Büring (Linguistics Department, University of Vienna)Sasha Calhoun (School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington)

2nd Call for Papers:

Extended deadline: 30 August 2012

The workshop aims at bringing together researchers in the field of intonation, working on different interfaces between phonetic, phonological, semantic and/or pragmatic aspects of prosody (including their annotation), as well as the typology of intonation. Papers on all topics related to the theme of this workshop are welcome. In particular, we encourage contributions on the following questions:

- Which distinctions of information status (e.g. given, accessible, new) are expressed by prosody?- Is the prosodic marking of information status universal?- How are gradual changes in phonetic cues such as F0, duration and intensity exploited in various languages and how can we model them?- How fine-grained has the annotation of information status to be (several steps between the poles given and new; differentiation between a referential and a lexical level)?- Do listeners perceive tonal / non-tonal means that correlate with a certain information status?- Which methodological considerations have to be taken into account in order to elicit reliable data from speech production and / or in speech perception?- How is information status and its prosodic marking processed in the brain (psycho- and neurolinguistics)?

Submission of Abstracts:

The language of the workshop will be English. We invite the submission of abstracts for oral presentations. Abstracts should be in English and should not exceed one page including name(s), affiliation, title and references (using 2.5 cm margins, 1.2 line spacing, and 12pt font size). Please send your submission as a pdf document electronically to both organizers (see below).

Important Dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: 30 August 2012 (extended)Notification of acceptance: 5 September 2012Submission of revised abstract: 10 December 2012Workshop: 12-15 March 2013


Stefan Baumann (University of Cologne,

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