LINGUIST List 32.1267

Fri Apr 09 2021

Calls: Phonology/Poland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 09-Apr-2021
From: Natalia Kuznetsova <>
Subject: Phonological diversity matters: rarities in phonology
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Full Title: Phonological diversity matters: rarities in phonology

Date: 16-Sep-2021 - 17-Sep-2021
Location: PoznaƄ, Poland
Contact Person: Cormac Anderson
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

Call Deadline: 23-Apr-2021

Meeting Description:

The patterns of sounds of the world's languages are many and varied. Although the human articulatory, auditory, and perceptual apparatus limits and shapes the ways in which languages harness sound to convey meaning, considerable diversity can be observed in phonological systems cross-linguistically. We believe that this diversity matters and welcome submissions for a workshop focused on rarities in phonology.

Rare phenomena play a key role in forming and challenging linguistic theory. In formal approaches, the identification of rare phenomena has been one of the primary means of expanding and modifying the theoretical acquis. While linguistic typology has often worked rather with larger cross linguistic samples, a focus on rare phenomena has emerged since the beginning of this millennium (Plank 2000; Simon & Wiese 2011; Wohlgemuth & Cysouw 2010a, 2010b; Golovko et al. 2015).

Rarities can be ignored by linguistic theory, be reanalysed as regular, or be incorporated by changing the theory (Simon & Wiese 2011). Within phonology, a number of thematic studies taking the third approach have recently appeared, addressing topics as diverse as vertical vowel systems (Anderson 2016), voiceless sonorants (Blevins 2018) or obstruent devoicing (Blevins et al. 2020), non-canonical word prosody (Kuznetsova 2018), highly complex syllable structure (Easterday 2019), and metathesis (Edwards 2019). This work can be seen in the context of an expansion of research on the evolutionary aspects of both universals and rarities, with attempts to explain typical pathways of emergence or disappearance (e.g. Blevins 2004, 2015; Round 2019).

Second Call for Papers:

We happy to inform you that the deadline for submissions to our workshop ''Phonological diversity matters: rarities in phonology'', to be held as part of the Poznan Linguistic Meeting, September 16-19, in Poznan, Poland ( was prolonged.

The new deadline is: April 23, 2021.

For now, the conference is still planned as an on-site event, but a virtual option will be most likely also available.

For submission see:

Cormac Anderson, Natalia Kuznetsova, Shelece Easterday

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