LINGUIST List 26.1324

Mon Mar 09 2015

Confs: Phonology/USA

Editor for this issue: Erin Arnold <>

Date: 08-Mar-2015
From: Hao Yi <>
Subject: LabPhon 15 - The 15th Conference on Laboratory Phonology
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LabPhon 15 - The 15th Conference on Laboratory Phonology
Short Title: LabPhon 15

Date: 13-Jul-2016 - 16-Jul-2016
Location: Ithaca, NY, USA
Contact: Abby Cohn
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Meeting Description:

LabPhon 15: Speech Dynamics and Phonological Representation

July 13-16, 2016, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY USA

Phonological representations are dynamic, shaped by forces on diverse timescales. On the timescale of utterances, interactions between perceptual, motoric, and memory-related processes provide constraints on phonological representations. These same processes, embedded in learning systems and dynamic social networks, shape representations on developmental and life-span timescales, and in turn influence sound systems on historical timescales. Laboratory phonology, through its rich quantitative and experimental methodologies, contributes to our understanding of phonological systems by providing insight into the mechanisms from which representations emerge.

Conference Themes:

Production Dynamics:

- How are representations constructed and implemented in speech, and what does articulation reveal about the dynamics of production mechanisms?
- How do these mechanisms shape representations on longer timescales?

Perceptual Dynamics:

- What forms of perceptual representation do speaker-hearers use and what are the temporal dynamics of perception?
- How does the interaction between perception and production constrain phonological systems on life-span and diachronic timescales?

Prosodic Organization:

- What are the mechanisms of prosodic organization and how do they give rise to cross-linguistic differences?
- What are the connections between perception and production of prosodic structure?

Lexical Dynamics and Memory:

- How do experience and lexical memory influence phonological representations? What are the relations between lexical representation, production, and perception across diverse timescales?

Phonological Acquisition and Changes over the Life-Span:

- What is the nature of early representations and how do they change?
- How does learning a second-language interact with existing representations?

Social Network Dynamics:

- How does the structure of social networks influence phonological representations on diverse timescales?
- What are the roles of perception and production in relation to social network dynamics?

Contributions to any of these themes or to any other aspects of laboratory phonology will be welcome.

A call for papers will be circulated in the fall of 2015.

Questions can be addressed to
Updates will appear on

Abby Cohn and Sam Tilsen,
LabPhon 15 co-chairs

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