LINGUIST List 30.4321

Wed Nov 13 2019

Calls: Ling Theories, Phonetics, Phonology, Psycholing, Syntax/Japan

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 08-Nov-2019
From: Maia Duguine <>
Subject: Word Order and Prosody
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Full Title: Word Order and Prosody
Short Title: WOP

Date: 23-May-2020 - 23-May-2020
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contact Person: Maia Duguine
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 20-Dec-2019

Meeting Description:

The workshop Word Order and Prosody is organized as part of Speech Prosody 2020.

Call for Papers:

The ‘classical’ models of the architecture of grammar conceive prosody as a mere interpretive component of the output of syntax, or a level of phonological representation (cf. Pierrehumbert 1980, Selkirk 1981, 1984, Chomsky 1995).

However, recent proposals are assuming a more active role of prosody as not only an interpreter of its input, but as an active component affecting aspects of the grammar that are traditionally attributed to the syntactic component. In particular, some word order-affecting phenomena have been claimed to be rooted in the PF component: focus and nuclear stress are characterized as triggers for different word orders in ‘discourse configurational languages’ (Zubizarreta 1998, Reinhart 2006), prosodic phrasing restrictions are claimed to be driving the choice of interrogatives strategies across languages (Richards 2010, Mathieu 2015), prosodic optimality restrictions could also be affecting the position an element will be spelled out in, explaining clitic-placement, verb-second effects etc. (Bošković 2001, 2018, Nunes 2004, Speyer 2010, Holmberg, Sakhai & Tamm 2019), or they could even play a role in development, biasing choices of word order, as in the prosodic bootstrapping hypothesis (Mehler et al. 1988, Christophe et al. 2003, Bernard & Gervain 2012).

This workshop sets out to further explore the role and function of prosody within the general architecture of language. Thus, we invite papers revealing the role it plays in the determination of word order in constructions such as focalizations, interrogatives, verb-fronting strategies such as V2, verb-object/object-verb alternations, compounding, etc. We also welcome experimental contributions on the role prosody plays in acquisition (the prosodic bootstrapping hypothesis), and language variability and change.

Submissions should follow the INTERSPEECH 2019 guidelines.
The number of pages is up to 4 for text with an additional page only for references.

The INTERSPEECH 2019 kit for papers (LaTeX and MsWord) can be found here:

Submissions via SPro2020's EasyChair page no later than December 20th, 2019, 23:59 Tokyo time:

Select [WS2] in the ''Workshop topics'' section.

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