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Confs: Language Acquisition, Linguistic Theories, Phonology/Norway

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Date: 13-Mar-2019
From: Jozina Klok <>
Subject: Strategies in Acquisition of Signed & Spoken Phonology
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Strategies in Acquisition of Signed & Spoken Phonology

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

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)


Workshop 2 Programme

Tue 7 May, 08:30-09:00:

Tue 7 May, 09:00-10:00:
Invited speaker
Diane Brentari (University of Chicago)
Understanding the role of communication modality in phonological constraints: Insights from sign languages

Tue 7 May, 10:00-10:30:
Elena Koulidobrova (Central Connecticut State University), Tatiana Luchkina (Central Connecticut State University) and Jeffrey Palmer (National Deaf Center)
Testing models of Sign Language phonology: Deaf L2 vs. naive learners

Tue 7 May, 10:30-11:00: Coffee

Tue 7 May, 11:00-11:30:
Valentina Aristodemo (Université Paris Diderot – UPD), Chiara Annucci (UPD), Carlo Geraci (Institut Jean-Nicod), Beatrice Giustolisi (Università Milano-Bicocca), Doriane Gras (UPD), Justine Mertz (UPD) and Caterina Donati (UPD)
On how to measure phonological complexity of sign languages

Tue 7 May, 11:30-13:00: Lunch

Tue 7 May, 13:00-14:00:
Invited speaker
Dinah Baer-Henney (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf)
Phonetics and L1 as learners’ little helpers

Tue 7 May, 14:00-14:30:
Klaas Seinhorst (University of Amsterdam)
Does size matter? Regularization in different inventory sizes: experimental and typological evidence

Tue 7 May, 14:30-15:00:
Enes Avcu, Ryan Rhodes, and Arild Hestvik (University of Delaware)
Neural Tracking of Implicit vs Explicit Phonotactic Learning

Tue 7 May, 15:00-16:00: Coffee

Tue 7 May, 16:00-16:30:
Jonathan Rawski (Stony Brook University) and Jane Chandlee (Haverford College)
Learning with Locality Across Speech and Sign

Tue 7 May, 16:30-17:00:
Hyunjung Lee (University of Leipzig)
Born To Be Gradient: Predicting exceptions of Compound Tensing in Korean

Tue 7 May, 17:00-18:00:
Invited speaker
Bill Idsardi (University of Maryland)
Phonological learning: auditory, visual, computational and animal perspectives

Tue 7 May, 18:00-19:00:
Travel time to Oslo Town Hall

Tue 7 May, 19:00-21:00:
Welcome Reception at the Oslo Town Hall

Alternate: Anne-Michelle Tessier (University of British Columbia/University of Michigan)
The Trouble with Learning Nothing: Problems for deriving lexical avoidance with MParse

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