LINGUIST List 31.2225

Thu Jul 09 2020

Calls: Phonetics, Phonology, Psycholing, Syntax/Germany

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Date: 08-Jul-2020
From: Fabian Schubö <>
Subject: Prosodic boundary phenomena
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Full Title: Prosodic boundary phenomena

Date: 24-Feb-2021 - 26-Feb-2021
Location: Freiburg, Germany
Contact Person: Fabian Schubö
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2020

Meeting Description:

The workshop ‘Prosodic boundary phenomena’ will be part of the 43rd Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS), held at the University of Freiburg, 24-26 February 2021.

In spoken language comprehension, the hearer is faced with a more or less continuous stream of auditory information. Prosodic cues, such as pitch movement, pre-boundary lengthening, and pauses, incrementally help to organize the incoming stream of information into prosodic phrases, which often coincide with syntactic units. Prosody is hence central to spoken language comprehension and is “the skeletal structure on which the rest of the utterance depends” (Frazier et al., Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2006: 248). Accordingly, some models assume that the speaker produces prosody in a consistent and hierarchical fashion (e.g., Nespor & Vogel, Prosodic phonology, Dordrecht: Foris, 1986; Frazier et al., Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2006). While there is manifold empirical evidence that prosodic boundary cues are reliably and robustly produced and effectively guide sentence comprehension across different populations and languages, the underlying mechanisms and the nature of the prosody-syntax interface are still not identified sufficiently. This is also reflected in the fact that most models on sentence processing completely lack prosodic information.

This workshop intends to bring together interdisciplinary researchers working on the impact of prosody on language comprehension and production, such as cross-linguistic variation in prosodic boundary implementation, inter- and intraindividual differences including the ontogenetic development of prosodic competences, and researchers who are interested in the prosody-syntax interface from a modeling perspective or other phenomena related to prosodic boundaries. We welcome a variety of different methodological approaches to prosody research.

The workshop is organized by Fabian Schubö & Sabine Zerbian, University of Stuttgart, and Sandra Hanne & Isabell Wartenburger, University of Potsdam.

Call for Papers:

We call for submissions for oral presentations. Please send your one-page abstract in PDF format no later than 1 September 2020 with the subject line ‘Prosodic boundary phenomena DGfS’ to Fabian Schubö [fabian.schuboe AT] AND Isabell Wartenburger [isabell.wartenburger AT].

A limited number of travel grants of up to 500 Euro are available for accepted contributions by DGfS members without/with low income.

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