LINGUIST List 32.1243

Thu Apr 08 2021

Calls: Morphology, Phonology, Syntax / Phonology (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 06-Apr-2021
From: Florian Lionnet <>
Subject: Morphology, Phonology, Syntax / Phonology (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Phonology

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology; Phonology; Syntax

Call Deadline: 21-May-2021

Third call for papers -- Phonology Thematic Issue:
'Theoretical approaches to grammatical tone'

Deadline: Friday, May 21st, 2021

Projected to appear as one of the first issues of Phonology 39 (2022).
NB: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the editors have decided to extend the deadline for submission to the Phonology thematic issue on 'theoretical approaches to grammatical tone' to Friday, May 21st, 2021.

Tone has been instrumental in shaping phonological theory. However, the contributions to current linguistic theory of 'grammatical tone' - a type of nonconcatenative morphology where a morpheme is expressed in part by tonal changes and operations (e.g. tone addition, deletion, replacement, spreading, shifting, assimilation, dissimilation, etc.) - have been less apparent. The goal of this thematic issue is to contribute to filling this gap, and to facilitate advances in our understanding of grammatical tone and (morpho)phonological theory in tandem.

Grammatical tone demonstrates a unique configuration of properties above and beyond special features of tone more generally, including postlexical cyclicity effects, non-local relations on the tonal tier, counting effects in floating tone assignment, tone-based templatic effects in great regularity across Africa (surpassing segmental templates à la Semitic and Yokuts), among many others. Given that half the world's languages are tonal - with a huge number in some of the least documented areas - we suspect phonological theory still has a huge amount to gain by specifically engaging with grammatical tone.

Submissions are invited which directly focus on grammatical tone and phonological theory. We seek to include several tone-system types (e.g. from 'canonical' tone systems like Vietnamese to 'pitch-accent systems' like Serbian or Japanese). Issues include (but are not limited to) the following:
- the representation of grammatical tone, and the question of grammatical tone allomorphy
- interactions between grammatical tone and the phonological grammar
- interactions between grammatical tone and other prosodic units
- the derivation of grammatical tone
- types of (non-)locality effects with grammatical tone
- interface with phonetics
- interface with morphosyntax
- prosodic constituency
- the computational properties of grammatical tone

This thematic issue, which will be edited by Nicholas Rolle (Leibniz-ZAS), Florian Lionnet (Princeton University) and Laura McPherson (Dartmouth College), is open to all potential contributors, and is projected to appear as one of the first issues of Phonology 39 (2022).
The new deadline for submissions is Friday, May 21st, 2021.

General information on the submission of manuscripts can be found in previous issues of the journal, or on the Phonology website (

For this issue, submissions should be sent in PDF format to rolle AT, flionnet AT, laura.e.mcpherson AT, c.j.ewen AT An abstract (no longer than 150 words) should be included. Please begin the heading with 'Phonology thematic issue'.

Preference will be given to papers which will occupy no more than 20 printed pages in the journal (around 8000 words). Submissions will be read by at least two reviewers and by the editors of the thematic issue.

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