LINGUIST List 26.121

Fri Jan 09 2015

Confs: Phonology/France

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 04-Jan-2015
From: Anne Przewozny <>
Subject: The Prosody of Contemporary English
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The Prosody of Contemporary English

Date: 09-Apr-2015 - 13-Apr-2015
Location: Toulouse, France
Contact: Sophie Herment
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Meeting Description:

“Phonology of Contemporary English” conference, to be held at the University of Toulouse 2 - Jean Jaurès, Toulouse France, from 9 to 13 April 2015 (Thursday-Monday).

The prosody of contemporary English: analyses, interfaces and annotation.

For this workshop, the aim of the PAC Prosody group is to gather colleagues working in prosody and/or related fields (discourse, syntax, pragmatics, etc.) in and out of the PAC project. We invite papers dealing in particular with the post-lexical level, our questionings including the following (non exhaustive) list of issues:

- Intonation contours: phonetic implementation and phonological distribution based on meaning in discourse
- General temporal organisation: tempo, chunking & prosodic phrasing
- Context-based sentence stress
- Voice quality
- Prosodic annotation and tools: parsing at the segmental level, modeling of the melodic curve, representation of prosodic form

The PAC conferences have been organized each year in Toulouse, Montpellier or Aix-en-Provence since 2004. PAC ''La Phonologie de l’Anglais Contemporain: usages, variétés et structure / The Phonology of Contemporary English: usage, varieties and structure'' is a programme coordinated by Philip Carr, Jacques Durand and Anne Przewozny. Its main aims have been to provide a better picture of spoken English in its unity and diversity (geographical, social and stylistic), to test phonological and phonetic models from a synchronic and diachronic point of view, making room for the systematic study of variation, to favour communication between specialists in speech and in phonological theory, to provide data and analyses which will help improve the teaching of English as a foreign language. We have been involved in the construction of a corpus of spoken English from 31 locations in the English-speaking world. In terms of linguistic study, the recordings lend themselves to various types of exploitation, including syntax and pragmatics. The PAC programme has developed into a variety of thematic research groups with dedicated research interests:
ICE-IPAC (the Interphonology of Contemporary English), PAC-Syntax (the syntax, semantics and pragmatics of contemporary spoken English), PAC-Prosody (analysis of speech prosody and tools), PAC-Research (annotation issues and tools), PAC-EFL (the teaching of English as a second language and pedagogical tools), LVTI (Language, Urban life, Work, Identity) on the study of English in urban contexts.

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