LINGUIST List 30.1391

Thu Mar 28 2019

Confs: Phonetics, Phonology/USA

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Date: 28-Mar-2019
From: Florian Lionnet <>
Subject: Princeton Phonology Forum
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Princeton Phonology Forum
Short Title: PɸF 2019

Date: 05-Apr-2019 - 06-Apr-2019
Location: Princeton, NJ, USA
Contact: Florian Lionnet
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Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology

Meeting Description:

The first meeting of the Princeton Phonology Forum (PɸF 2019) will be held at Princeton University on April 5-6, 2019. The theme for PɸF 2019 is “the representation of gradience in phonology”. Representations are a crucial component of phonological theory. Most of the representations that we use today (segments, features, Autosegmental representations, etc.) were developed before the advent of Optimality Theory, which temporarily switched the focus of the discipline from representations to grammatical architecture and computation.

Several recent independent research programs seem to show that the trend may be changing. Common to all is the idea that phonology needs richer representations than traditionally assumed. These must include various properties often not considered to fall within the purview of phonology, such as:

- Phonetic details (e.g. subphonemic perceptual and/or articulatory properties of segments, phonotactic contextual effect)

- Morphological information (e.g. root vs. affix position)

- Strength of phonological activity (e.g. identical segments or features differing in whether/how often they trigger or undergo certain phonological processes)

- Frequency, predictability (of lexical items in discourse, of phonemes in the lexicon, etc.)

This workshop is meant to foster discussion about the question of phonological gradience and its representation, around two central questions: what are the possible sources of gradience in phonology? What kinds of representations (if any) do we need to account for phonological gradience?

On Friday April 5, the workshop will run from 1:30pm to 6pm, and on Saturday April 6, 9am to 5pm. Saturday evening, all attendees are invited to join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres following the workshop. PɸF will run concurrently with the second meeting of the Princeton Symposium on Syntactic Theory (PSST).

Registration is free, but we would appreciate it if those who are planning to attend would complete the following registration form by March 20, 2019:

The schedule, as well as information about transportation, the workshop location, etc., will all be posted on the workshop website:

The list of abstracts is available at

Invited Speakers for PɸF 2019:

Sharon Inkelas
John Kingston
Florian Lionnet
Scott Moisik
Claire Moore-Cantwell
Anne Pycha
Stephanie Shih & Hayeun Jang
Caitlin Smith
Paul Smolensky, Matthew Goldrick & Eric Rosen
Sam Tilsen
Rachel Walker
Eva Zimmermann

Workshop organizer:

Florian Lionnet


Friday April 5

1:30 – 1:45:
Opening Remarks

1:45 – 2:30:
Sharon Inkelas: Modeling scalar vowel strength in Q Theory

2:30 – 3:15:
Rachel Walker: Gradient feature activation and the special status of coronals

3:15 – 4:00:
Caitlin Smith: Partial Vowel Height Harmony and Partial Transparency via Gestural Blending

4:00 – 4:30: Coffee Break

4:30 – 5:15:
Sam Tilsen: Motoric mechanisms for the emergence of non-local phonological patterns

5:15 – 6:00:
Scott Moisik: Phonology begins in the body: Explorations of laryngeal quantality

Saturday April 6

9:00 – 9:30: Breakfast

9:30 – 10:15:
Stephanie S Shih & Hayeun Jang: Categoricity in gradience

10:15 – 11:00:
Florian Lionnet: Phonetically grounded gradient faithfulness: the case of featural affixation in Laal

11:00 – 11:45:
John Kingston: Variability and contrast

11:45 – 1:30: Lunch

1:30 – 2:15:
Paul Smolensky, Matthew Goldrick & Eric Rosen: Gradient symbolic computation in phonological theory

2:15 – 3:00:
Eva Zimmermann: Gradience in Phonology: The Argument from Exceptions

3:00 – 3:30: Coffee Break

3:30 – 4:15:
Claire Moore-Cantwell: Emergence of lexical idiosyncrasy in language change: an iterated learning simulation

4:15 – 5:00:
Anne Pycha: Perception and memory of individual morphemes in spoken words: Two experiments

5:00 – 7:00:

Full Program and abstracts available on

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