LINGUIST List 26.5292

Thu Nov 26 2015

Calls: Historical Ling, Phonology/Colombia

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 25-Nov-2015
From: Martin Kohlberger <>
Subject: Historical Phonology and Sound Change in Amazonian Languages
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Full Title: Historical Phonology and Sound Change in Amazonian Languages

Date: 24-May-2016 - 28-May-2016
Location: Leticia, Colombia
Contact Person: Martin Kohlberger
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Call Deadline: 01-Dec-2015

Meeting Description:

Diachronic phonological and phonetic analysis provides great insight into language change, whether it be due to general articulatory/perceptual pressures, specific language-internal processes, sociocultural motivations or language contact. Identifying historical sound changes is also a crucial component of the comparative method, which has been widely used to reconstruct unattested common ancestors of related languages.

In the Amazonian context, there have been numerous publications dealing with this topic over the decades (see for example Davis (1966) on Proto-Jê, Rodrigues (1984/85) on Proto-Tupi-Guarani, Girard (1971) on Proto-Takanan, Payne (1991) on Proto-Arawak, Martins (2005) on Proto-Eastern Maku, Chacon (2014) on Proto-Tukanoan, inter alia). However, this will be the first forum dedicated to historical phonology and sound change in the Amazon, with special attention to methodological and analytical issues encountered in this region.

Call for Papers:

We invite contributions relating to any subfield of historical phonology and sound change in Amazonian languages. In particular, we welcome research that highlights linguistic processes that are unique/typical of the Amazon, as well as methodological concerns which are often encountered by linguists working with Amazonian languages (approaches based purely on synchronic data; phonological reconstruction in small language families; insufficient phonetic data).

Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words (excluding examples and references), and should be submitted in Word and PDF format. They may be written in English, Spanish or Portuguese. They must be anonymous. Abstracts should be sent as an attachment in an e-mail (see address below). Please include the title of the presentation, your name and your academic affiliation in the body of the e-mail.

E-mail address:
Submission deadline: 1 December 2015
Notification of acceptance: 15 December 2015

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