LINGUIST List 29.3010
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Calls: Anthro Ling, Historical Ling, Phonetics, Phonology, Socioling/USA
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5th Workshop on Sound
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Full Title: 5th Workshop
on Sound Change
Short Title: WSC 5
Date: 20-Jun-2019 - 22-Jun-2019
Location: Davis, California, USA
Contact Person: Alan
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Web Site: https://sites.google.com/view/wsc5/home
Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology;
Call Deadline: 25-Jan-2019
International Workshop on Sound Change (WSC 5) will take place June 20-22, 2019, at the University of
California, Davis. The WSC 5 is part of the conference series held in conjunction with the 2019
Linguistic Institute at UC Davis.
The WSC began as a small meeting where researchers
investigating aspects of sound change from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives
could be brought together and work on substantive issues in the field and share ideas and findings. The
core idea behind the WSC 5 is to bring together researchers working on sound change who come from a
variety of different backgrounds and disciplines to have conversations, integrate their perspectives and
insights, and make substantive progress on questions that remain in the field.
theme of the 5th WSC is sound change in endangered and small speech communities. Sound change research,
as in most work in phonetics and phonology, has focused on languages that have historically been
dominant or where speakers are easily accessible. The dynamics of language endangerment and interaction
between small groups of speakers may provide unique opportunities for sound change to take place. Small
speech communities have different social factors than large communities, leading to phonetic and
cognitive influences to interact and diffuse in different ways when there are fewer agents. How sound
change might originate and diffuse in speech communities of different sizes is poorly understood.
Furthermore, endangered and small languages are often heavily influenced by other languages and
cultures, making sound change more likely. In order to make useful models and predictions about when and
how sound change will occur, we need to explore these patterns in diverse speech communities.
addition to the Special theme, the WSC 5 will be a place where scholars come together and make
substantive progress on outstanding theoretical questions and issues in the field. General issues
addressed at the workshop often include questions regarding the identification of the sources of sound
change, and the mechanism of sound change propagation.
Call for Papers:
Abstracts from researchers investigating any aspect of sound change from a variety of theoretical and
methodological approaches. Submissions addressing any and all aspects of sound change are encouraged -
there is no need for submitted abstracts to engage with the theme.
Possible topics might
- Perceptual, articulatory, and aerodynamic investigations into the phonetic origins
of sound change
- The role of individual variation in articulation, perception, and sociolinguistic
monitoring in sound change actuation
- Computational modeling of sound change propagation
connection between language acquisition and language learning on sound change
variation in sound change
- Biological foundations of sound change
The workshop will
consist of oral presentations, discussion sessions, and poster sessions. Abstract submitters may choose
to have their abstract considered either for a poster only, or for a poster or a talk.
of papers on the theme of WSC 5 will also be considered for publication in a special collection (the
online equivalent of a special issue).
Travel grants of up to $400 will be awarded on a
competitive basis for graduate student presenters!
Anonymized abstracts (PDF, 12 point font,
max 1 page text + 1 page figures and references) may be submitted via EasyAbstracts from http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/wsc5
. You may
submit no more than one abstract as first author.
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