LINGUIST List 30.4456

Sat Nov 23 2019

Calls: Phonetics, Phonology, Sociolinguistics/Japan

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 17-Nov-2019
From: Mary Baltazani <>
Subject: Prosodic Variation: The Role of Past and Present Contact in Multilingual Societies
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Full Title: Prosodic Variation: The Role of Past and Present Contact in Multilingual Societies
Short Title: ProVar2020

Date: 23-May-2020 - 23-May-2020
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contact Person: Mary Baltazani
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2020

Meeting Description:

A large body of work has documented cross-linguistic prosodic variation in monolingual speech communities. Work on prosodic variation due to contact of two or more languages frequently focuses on the individual, e.g. bilingual prosody and L2 acquisition. However, contact phenomena also occur at the collective level of interaction, i.e. within multilingual communities. Given these are, and have historically been, arguably more numerous than monolingual communities, the impact of multilingualism on prosodic variation is of high theoretical importance. For example, contact-induced variation may challenge the suitability of traditionally applied categories, and the complex interplay of factors in multilingual communities poses questions about methodological approaches and typology. Diachronically, there are questions as to how prosodic effects of contact evolve and whether and how fast these are attrited.

This one-day workshop is a satellite event to Speech Prosody 2020 and provides a platform for the growing community of researchers studying prosody in contact to share findings, discuss methodological issues, and debate the theoretical implications of their work. There will be oral presentations and a poster session, covering both synchronic and diachronic aspects of prosody in contact, anchored around keynote papers from invited speakers and framework discussion. Abstracts for papers are invited on all aspects of prosody in contact languages, including pitch-related, temporal and spectral phenomena, and on all language varieties, including those spoken by diaspora communities. All abstracts will undergo a blind review process and will be selected as an oral or a poster presentation.

Invited speakers:
Professor Martine Grice, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Professor Carlos Gussenhoven, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Date: Saturday 23 May, 2020
Duration: 10 am - 4:30 pm; 9:30 registration
Venue: Engineering Building 2 (76), Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo
Full programme will be available 15 March, 2020

Workshop organisers:
Dr Mary Baltazani, University of Oxford
Dr Olga Maxwell, University of Melbourne
Dr Elinor Payne, University of Oxford

For more information and for updates please visit the workshop website:

Call for Papers:

Please note abstract submissions are separate from, and in addition to, paper submissions to the main Speech Prosody 2020 conference.

Abstract submission opens: 18 November, 2019
Deadline for abstracts: 31 January, 2020
Notifications of acceptance: 21 February, 2020

Abstract format:

Abstracts must be anonymous and no more than one side of A4 (Arial 11), not including references and figures (which may be up to one further side of A4). Authors may submit only one first author abstract per person. Abstracts may be submitted for one of the following categories:

- Oral presentation only
- Poster presentation only
- No preference

To submit your abstract, visit:

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