LINGUIST List 30.4495

Tue Nov 26 2019

Calls: Linguistic Theories, Phonetics, Phonology/Japan

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 21-Nov-2019
From: Jonathan Barnes <>
Subject: Representations in Intonational Phonology 2020
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Full Title: Representations in Intonational Phonology 2020
Short Title: RIP 2020

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

Call Deadline: 20-Dec-2019

Meeting Description:

Representations in Intonational Phonology is a satellite workshop to be held immediately prior to the opening of Speech Prosody 2020 in Tokyo.

Call for Papers:

In intonational phonology, symbolic representations are bound to the acoustic signal in ways no longer typical of mainstream analyses in segmental or (lexical) tonal phonology. The assumption (reminiscent of SPE-era phonetics/phonology) that all purposeful or “controlled” events in the phonetics must be specified directly in the phonology leads to a practice whereby basic properties of the tone melody are read deterministically off of visible events in the F0 contour. This one-to-one mapping between abstract symbols and elements of the acoustic signal stands in strong contrast to contemporary approaches to segmental and tonal phonology, where abstract phonological features represent contrasts among classes of segments, implemented by clusters of language-specific, contextually variable and dynamically interacting phonetic cues (e.g., Kingston & Diehl 1994 et seq. on phonetic cues to the feature [voice], or Brunelle & Kirby 2016 on tone and phonation type in Southeast Asia).

These differences in approach may be partly due to the nature of the evidence at our disposal. As Pierrehumbert (1980, 11) somewhat offhandedly observes: “In other languages, rules which alter tonal values or delete tones can apply to such a representation. English appears to lack such rules, with the result that the underlying and derived phonological representations of intonation are identical. The rules of interest are thus the rules which assign phonetic values to tones and construct the F0 contour between one tone and the next.”) But is intonational phonology as a whole different from segmental/tonal phonology in this way? And if so, why? And how then are we to investigate the nature of phonological representations, beyond simple inspection of the phonetic record?

We invite papers related to these issues, addressing questions such as:

Is intonational phonology different from other phonological systems in important ways? How (dis)similar are intonational and (lexical/grammatical) tonal phonology? How (dis)similar are intonational and segmental phonology?

Does every acoustic event in a pitch contour (or in prominence marking, or in phrasing) map onto a phonological element? (cf. ‘spurious highs’ in Zhou & Ahn 2019, or enhancing/trading cues, such as scaling with timing contrasts [Barnes et al. 2019], or contour shape with both scaling and timing [Barnes et al. 2012])

Do phonological elements in intonation always map onto a (constant) set of phonetic cues?

Are there phonological processes/patterns in intonation that require insertion, deletion, or rearrangement of abstract phonological symbols, rather than their phonetic interpretation? (cf. segmentally conditioned AP initial tones in Korean [Jun 1998]) Are there ‘null’ elements in intonational phonology? (cf. the [now-abandoned] downstep-inducing trailing L of English H*+ L in Pierrehumbert 1980)

What is the nature of phonological features in speech prosody? Are there natural class behaviors requiring phonological representations to be one way (vs. another) symbolically? To what degree are phonological features defined by their acoustic characteristics?

What kinds of data and/or arguments are relevant for these questions? What counts as an argument for/against a proposed answer?

Submissions for RIP at Speech Prosody 2020 must follow INTERSPEECH 2019 guidelines (4 page limit for text)

The INTERSPEECH 2019 kit for papers (LaTeX and MS Word) is here:

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

Select [WS3] in ''Workshop topics'' section.

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