LINGUIST List 26.3136

Fri Jul 03 2015

Calls: Lang Acquisition, Phonetics, Phonology, Pragmatics, Semantics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 03-Jul-2015
From: Arndt Riester <>
Subject: Prosody and Information Structure in Stuttgart
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Full Title: Prosody and Information Structure in Stuttgart
Short Title: PINS

Date: 22-Mar-2016 - 23-Mar-2016
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Contact Person: Arndt Riester
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Phonology; Pragmatics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 11-Oct-2015

Meeting Description:

Starting out from the (not entirely uncontroversial) assumption that information-structural categories are universal and definable in abstract interpretive terms, this workshop aims at bringing together researchers interested in the prosodic manifestation of information-structural categories within different languages and across languages, including both cross-linguistic comparisons as well as language contact situations of various kinds (L2, FL, Heritage languages).

Invited Speakers:

- Sasha Calhoun (Victoria University of Wellington)
- Elisabeth Delais-Roussarie (LLF CNRS, Université Paris Diderot)
- Caroline Féry (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
- Michael Wagner (McGill University Montréal) (to be confirmed)

Call for Papers:

We invite the submission of abstracts for oral presentations. Abstracts should be anonymous, in English, and should not exceed one page (2.5 cm margins, 12pt font size), with an extra page for examples, figures and references. Please submit your abstract as a pdf document using EasyChair.

The workshop welcomes both semantic/pragmatically-oriented as well as prosodically-oriented contributions to the topic. We particularly invite experimental and corpus-based studies. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following questions:

- Which are the information-structural categories that are expressed prosodically in a language (including both L1 and L2 varieties)?
- Is the prosodic marking of information structure interpreted categorically by listeners (in both L1 and L2 varieties)?
- In how far does rhythm interact with the prosody of information structure? Are there prosodic effects which have no pragmatic interpretation? (For example: are prenuclear accents really optional? Are there cases of deaccentuation which occur for purely phonological, non-meaning-related, reasons? etc.)
- How do the results of production and perception studies on the prosody of information structure find their way into prosodic annotation systems for a language? How important is it that a pitch accent categorization reflects meaning differences?
- How can the results obtained from controlled studies be transferred to corpus data of spontaneous speech?
- What are semantic/pragmatically well-defined contexts suitable for the elicitation of IS-prosody beyond question-answer pairs and/or explicit contrast structures?
- Which distinctions of referential information status (e.g. coreference anaphora, bridging anaphora, deixis, newness of discourse referents) and lexical information status (e.g. word repetition, synonymy, hypernymy, meronymy, discourse-newness of content expressions) are expressed by prosody (including both L1 and L2 varieties)?
- By means of which cues are these categories expressed (including both cues to pitch accents and phrasing)?
- What kinds of speaker bias can be expressed in positive and negative polar questions, and how is this influenced by prosody?
- What is the role of implicit Questions under Discussion in the determination of information structure, and how can they be used in experimental and corpus linguistics?
- What is the interplay between discourse structure and information structure? What effects does discourse structure have on prosody?
- What is the relationship between at-issueness and prosody? How is not-at-issue material (e.g. appositions or evidentials) realized prosodically?

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