LINGUIST List 32.1299

Tue Apr 13 2021

Confs: Phonetics/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 13-Apr-2021
From: Marcel Schlechtweg <>
Subject: Interfaces of Phonetics
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Interfaces of Phonetics

Date: 18-May-2021 - 19-May-2021
Location: Oldenburg (Online), Germany
Contact: Marcel Schlechtweg
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics

Meeting Description:

In several models of speech production (see, e.g., Fromkin 1971; Harley 1984; Levelt 1989, 1995; Levelt, Roelofs, and Meyer 1999; Roelofs 1997), the role of phonetics is rather limited and acoustic differences between phonologically identical words are typically not expected. However, over the years, more and more evidence has suggested that fine acoustic details play a more prominent role within language, and that approaches permitting a more flexible interaction between phonetic and other types of information represent a serious alternative (see, e.g., Pierrehumbert 2001, 2002).

Evidence comes from different areas. At the morphology-phonetics interface, it has been shown that forms (e.g., word-final s in English) are uttered differently if they are affixal (e.g., laps) as opposed to the same form that is non-affixal (e.g., lapse) (see, e.g., Plag et al. 2017; Seyfarth et al. 2018; Smith et al. 2012). At the syntax-phonetics interface, Sereno and Jongman’s (1995) analysis revealed that one and the same item (e.g., answer) is realized differently depending on whether it is used as a noun or verb (but see Lohmann 2020 for a different conclusion). Moreover, morpho-syntactic features like number seem to be expressed in the acoustic output as well, as recently shown in two studies on German singular-plural syncretism (Schlechtweg & Heinrichs 2020; Schlechtweg, Heinrichs, and Linnenkohl 2020). Next, classical homophones such as time and thyme do not seem to be expressed with exactly the same pronunciation in that the high-frequency meaning (time) differs from its low-frequency counterpart (thyme) in duration (see, e.g., Conwell 2018; Gahl 2008; Lohmann 2018). Finally, an example at the interface between semantics/pragmatics and phonetics is the observation that words are articulated differently if they are mentioned, with mentioning being expressed through the presence of quotation marks around an item, in comparison to their simple denotational use (see Schlechtweg & Härtl 2019).

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