LINGUIST List 26.2332

Tue May 05 2015

Confs: Phonology/Hungary

Editor for this issue: Erin Arnold <>

Date: 03-May-2015
From: Peter Szigetvari <>
Subject: Workshop on Variation in Phonology
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Workshop on Variation in Phonology

Date: 13-Jan-2016 - 13-Jan-2016
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Contact: Peter Szigetvari
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Meeting Description:

The Old World Conference on Phonology announces its workshop on variation in phonology, to be held January 13, 2016.

Phonological variation is non-identical phonological behaviour under identical conditions. It occurs when one and the same grammatical/semantic function has more than one exponent, and the choice between them is conditioned by dialectal/idiolectal factors (such as region, style, social status, etc.) and not by the morpho-phonological or syntactic environment. This type of variation manifests itself in the ''vacillation'' of forms in one and the same cell of the same paradigm (e.g. English learn+PAST: learned/learnt; Hungarian fürd- 'bathe'+INF: fyrød-ni/fyrd-ɛni). Phonological variation of the ''lexical''type occurs when the comparable phonological properties of forms in same (functionally/grammatically/morphosyntactically identified) cell of the paradigms of different lexical items are different although the relevant phonological/syntactic conditioning factors are the same (e.g. English keep+PAST / seep+PAST: kept/seeped; Hungarian víz 'water' +INE / sír 'grave' +INE: viːz-bɛn/ʃiːr-bɑn). The two types of variation often occur together, e.g. Hungarian verb stems derived from the nouns matek 'maths', koncert 'concert, roller 'scooter': mɑtɛk-oz-(ik) / *mɑtɛk-ɛz-(ik), *konʦɛrt-oz-(ik) / konʦɛrt-ɛz-(ik), rolːɛr-oz-(ik) / rolːɛr-ɛz-(ik).

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