LINGUIST List 27.3224

Mon Aug 08 2016

Confs: Phonetics, Phonology, Socioling/Italy

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Date: 05-Aug-2016
From: Chiara Celata <>
Subject: Sources and Functions of Speech Variation: XIII Convegno Nazionale AISV
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Sources and Functions of Speech Variation. XIII Convegno Nazionale AISV

Date: 25-Jan-2017 - 27-Jan-2017
Location: Pisa, Italy
Contact: Chiara Celata
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Sources and Functions of Speech Variation: Disentangling the role of biological and social factors

What are the mechanisms by which speakers converge on a shared interpretation of vocal productions, even though physiological and contextual differences can be very large? The working hypothesis is that variation should be reduced to two key explanatory factors: the first one comprises the anatomical configuration and functional co-organization of the vocal organs, as well as the biological basis of hearing and perception; the second comprises the socio-indexical functions of variation, which are adopted by the speaker to convey social and interactional, as well as linguistic, meanings. The individual and social dimensions are therefore intertwined and give rise to the core systematic variation that decades of experimental research in speech sciences have helped to bring to light.

The conference aims to discuss, in an informal atmosphere, empirical and theoretical questions about aspects of individual and social variation in speech, such as (but not limited to):

- How can the speaker manipulate the spectrum of biologically determined articulatory options to vary her/his speech style according to social, communicative-interactional, and emotional needs?
- What are the social uses of dialects? How many ‘dialects’ and how many ‘styles’ can be owned and used by the individual in speech communication? What role is played by speech variation in the contemporary dynamics of standard vs. non-standard languages and in the diffusion of sound change?
- Are the instruments currently used in experimental phonetics sensitive enough to detect variation in its inter-individual, social, and communicative dimensions? What contribution can be provided by technological innovations in the articulatory domain and by new techniques of socio-perceptual analysis?

Following the tradition of AISV conferences, the programme will also include open sessions on any aspect of speech science research. There will also be a special session on Stuttering and Phonetic Theory chaired by C. Zmarich.

The languages of the conference are Italian and English. Power Point presentations and posters should be written in English.

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