LINGUIST List 29.3768

Mon Oct 01 2018

Calls: Language Acquisition, Linguistic Theories, Phonology/Norway

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Date: 27-Sep-2018
From: Jozina Vander Klok <>
Subject: Strategies in Acquisition of Signed & Spoken Phonology
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Full Title: Strategies in Acquisition of Signed & Spoken Phonology

Date: 07-May-2019 - 07-May-2019
Location: Oslo, Norway
Contact Person: Andrew Nevins
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Linguistic Theories; Phonology

Call Deadline: 02-Nov-2018

Meeting Description:

(Session of Generative Linguistics in the Old World 42)

The principle behind phonological computation in spoken language is the same as phonological computation in signed language: Small, meaningless units combine and make meaningful words. Crucially, this computation occurs spontaneously and independently in both signed and spoken language (Berent 2013). In recent years, research on the acquisition of phonology has opened up new avenues for understanding how such a system can arise. Moreton, Pater, & Pertsova (2015) argue that phonological and visual learning problems are solved in analogous ways, and that the same cognitive processes are available to both types of learning. Much of our knowledge about how phonology is acquired by infants comes from experimental work. Cristia (2018) analyses this research and challenges many of the conclusions of previous work on this area, which means that our understanding of phonological acquisition has to be reevaluated.

Understanding how phonology is learned provides new insight into how different modalities of language can behave in similar ways, and understanding the relationship between signed and spoken language phonology can shed light on the interaction of different cognitive domains (such as visual and auditory perception). Such research also aids in deciding which formal mechanisms are required to compute phonological symbols. The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers on phonological acquisition, sign-language phonology and phonological learning in general.


- Julian K. Lysvik (University of Oslo)
- Andrew Nevins (UCL)

Invited speakers:

- Diane Brentari (University of Chicago)
- Bill Idsardi (University of Maryland)
- Dinah Baer-Henney (Universität Düsseldorf)

2nd Call for Papers:

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

- phonological learning
- acquisition of phonology
- sign-language phonology
- phonology and cognition
- perception/production
- cognition

Please submit abstracts via EasyChair at
no later than November 2, 2018 (midnight UTC).

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