LINGUIST List 24.5306

Wed Dec 18 2013

Calls: Phonetics, Phonology, Sociolinguistics/Netherlands

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Date: 18-Dec-2013
From: Etske Ooijevaar <>
Subject: Instrumental Articulatory Phonetics and Dialectological Fieldwork: Strange Bedfellows?
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Full Title: Instrumental Articulatory Phonetics and Dialectological Fieldwork: Strange Bedfellows?
Date: 11-Aug-2014 - 15-Aug-2014 Location: Groningen, Netherlands Contact Person: Etske Ooijevaar
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Dec-2013

Meeting Description:

Workshop Proposal for Methods in Dialectology XV:

Location: University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Traditionally, articulatory phonetics was limited to a laboratory setting. As of recently, however, the collection of articulatory data is also possible in the field, thanks to Ultrasound Tongue Imaging, which is non-invasive, portable, and inexpensive compared to most other instrumental articulatory techniques. Studies using ultrasound have already shown that this method provides new insights concerning sociolinguistic and dialectal variation. In addition, the combination of acoustic and articulatory measurements can show a more complete picture of a sound change in progress.

However, several challenges arise when using ultrasound, such as obtaining valid data, synchronizing articulatory and audio data, extracting comparable measures, and developing methods for quantitative analysis. All these have been the topic of active research related to the use of ultrasound in different linguistic subfields.

Call for Papers:

This workshop will serve as a forum for scientific exchange on the advances in sociolinguistic fieldwork that are made possible by the use of ultrasound, as well as on the current limitations and development of methodological approaches. We invite abstracts for oral presentations of 30 minutes. Each presentation will be followed by a 15 minute discussion by a fellow researcher, and 15 minutes for plenary questions and discussion. Topics may include dialectal and sociophonetic studies using ultrasound, but may also be more general. For instance, we welcome abstracts which address methodological issues related to using ultrasound in dialectal and sociophonetic fieldwork.

However, there is also a clear need for conceptual and theoretical reflection. For example, how can ultrasound data shed light on phonological or sociolinguistic questions? What do covert articulations, in which the articulation of a sound is made, but has no acoustic effect, tell us about phonological representations?

The workshop that is proposed here will be part of the conference Methods in Dialectology XV. This conference will be held on 11-15 August 2014 in Groningen, the Netherlands.

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words (excluding references). Abstracts should be in .txt or .doc(x) format and should be made anonymous. Abstracts for talks at the workshop should be sent to the following email address:

Important Dates:

Deadline: 31 December 2013
Notification of acceptance: 5 January 2014
Conference date: From 11-15 August 2014


Ben Hermans
Frans Hinskens
Etske Ooijevaar
Marc van Oostendorp
Patrycja Strycharczuk

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