LINGUIST List 27.1941

Thu Apr 28 2016

Calls: Spanish, Phonetics, Phonology/Germany

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 28-Apr-2016
From: Christoph Gabriel <>
Subject: Phonic Variation in Contemporary Spanish: First, Second
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Full Title: Phonic Variation in Contemporary Spanish: First, Second

Date: 29-Mar-2017 - 02-Apr-2017
Location: Munich, Germany
Contact Person: Christoph Gabriel
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology

Subject Language(s): Spanish

Call Deadline: 25-Oct-2016

Meeting Description:

Phonic Variation in Contemporary Spanish: first, second, heritage and learner language

Coordinators: Christoph Gabriel (Mainz), Trudel Meisenburg (Osnabrück) und Elissa Pustka (Vienna)

The pronunciation of Spanish in the world displays a considerable diversity, which is not yet systematically explored from a comparative perspective. In various areas of the Spanish-speaking territory, this phonic variation can be traced back to language contact, since Spanish has been a second language (L2) for parts of the population in these areas. This is the case for the speakers of Quechua in the Andes, the speakers of Galician in Galicia, the Italian and Chinese immigrants in Argentina and the Moroccan immigrants in Spain. The inverse situation, with a similarly strong impact on pronunciation, occurs when Spanish-speaking emigrants assimilate to the language of their environment and successively become so-called heritage speakers, such as Mexicans or Puerto Ricans in the United States or Spaniards in Germany. In addition, due to the importance of Spanish as a global language, millions of people learn it as a foreign language (SFL). In these cases, phonic transferences from the first language (L1) to the second language (L2) occur. The workshop focuses on all aspects of pronunciation which characterize these constellations, from a phonetic as well as phonological perspective, on the segmental and prosodic level.

Phonic variation, whether resulting from contact or not, represents a big challenge for phonology. The digital methods developed for collecting and analyzing data allow us to document more and more of this variation. At the same time, the theoretical discussion continues: How to represent the phonetic characteristics of the different varieties, including the interlanguages of the learners, in a common phonological framework? How to model the (abstract or exemplar) representations and corresponding processes (with rules or constraints)? Is a purely internal approach possible or should external factors be taken into account?

Call for Papers:

The aim of the workshop is to bring together different approaches of phonic variability in Spanish – on the one hand to determine the state of the art and refine research methods, on the other hand to discuss theoretical challenges and propositions. For this purpose, we intend to include contact linguistics, dialectology, sociolinguistics, language acquisition and teaching.

We invite papers on the following issues and questions:

– pronunciation of Spanish in contact with other languages
– dialectal and sociolinguistic variation of Spanish in America and Europe
– phonetic and phonological aspects of Spanish based Creole languages
– phonetic and phonological aspects of Spanish as a second language (L2) and as a foreign language (SFL)
– phonetic and phonological aspects of Spanish as a heritage language
– learning the phonology of Spanish as a foreign language (SFL) by plurilingual learners
– corpus and experimental data for investigating Spanish phonology
– interrelation between phonic research, phonological modeling and school practice in teaching Spanish as a foreign language (SFL)
– foreign language teaching methods in Spanish as a foreign language (SFL)

Abstracts of 1 page (including examples and bibliography) can be submitted until 25 October 2016 to

The conference languages are Spanish, English and German.

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