LINGUIST List 29.3428

Fri Sep 07 2018

Confs: Gen Ling, Lang Acquisition, Ling Theories, Semantics, Typology/Netherlands

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Date: 05-Sep-2018
From: Güliz Günes <>
Subject: Prosodic Variation Across Languages
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Prosodic Variation Across Languages

Date: 14-Sep-2018 - 15-Sep-2018
Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Contact: Guliz Gunes
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Linguistic Theories; Semantics; Typology

Meeting Description:

The main goal of this workshop is to bring together phoneticians, phonologists and psycholinguists that are interested in prosodic diversity. The workshop will have a special emphasis on prosodic variation across languages. Main topics/questions:

Acquisition of diverse prosodic systems
-How do babies acquire melody together with grammar?

-How do the phonetic and phonological properties of L1-prosody affect the 
acquisition of L2-prosody?

-What are the main differences between the mental representation of intonation in infants, adults, and non-native speakers? 

Phonology and phonetics of prosodic rhythm and melodies 

Typology of tone and intonation
-What are the recent advancements on the interfaces of tones with accent/stress/intonation? 

Prosody in natural language processing
-How do speakers of different languages perceive pitch in the acoustic signal?
-What are the general and language-specific signal-driven cues that are employed in the recognition of discrete words/phrases? 

Cross-linguistic diversity in the syntax-prosody interface

-Are prosodic structures a reflection of syntactic ones?

-What are the sources of mismatches between syntactic and prosodic constituency? 

Cross-cultural communicative effects of sentence prosody
-To what extent does paralinguistic information affect the prosodic structuring 
of an utterance?

- What is the phonological basis for rhythm alignment?
- What are the acoustic correlates of stress across languages?
- What kind of cross-linguistic differences do melodies in typologically different languages exhibit?
- What is the role of tonal composition in attributing certain pragmatic meanings to certain strings of tones and how does that vary across languages and cultures?

Poster Session:
The poster session will provide a unique opportunity for students working on prosody to receive feedback from the workshop's invited speakers. Additionally, this will help students to expand their international network.

We Still Accept Posters!
If you would like to present a poster related to stress/tone/intonation/prosody just let us know by sending an email to

Invited Speakers:

Bettina Braun (Universität Konstanz)
Daan van de Velde (Leiden University)
Amalia Arvaniti (University of Kent)
Kriszta Szendrői (University College London)
René Kager (Utrecht University)
Pilar Prieto (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
Discussion (chair Lisa Cheng & Stella Gryllia - Leiden University)


Prof. Janet Grijzenhout
Dr. Yiya Chen
Dr. Güliz Günes

Email for a detailed programme.

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