LINGUIST List 32.1732

Tue May 18 2021

Calls: Typology / Linguistic Typology (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 15-May-2021
From: Shelece Easterday <>
Subject: Typology / Linguistic Typology (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Linguistic Typology

Linguistic Field(s): Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Jun-2021

Call for Papers: Deadline Extended

We have extended the deadline for submissions to our proposed special issue of Linguistic Typology on phonological typology, whose working title is ''Current research in phonological typology.'' The deadline is now June 15th, 2021.

Despite the fact that phonology has historically been integral to the development of modern approaches to linguistic typology and theory (Trubetzkoy 1939, Martinet 1955, Hockett 1955, Greenberg 1978), its study is still badly underrepresented in many important venues (Hyman & Plank 2018). The crosslinguistic study of phonology and phonological systems has raised at least two important issues in linguistic typology that remain unresolved today. The first question is what constitutes the basis for cross-linguistic comparison (Sherman & Vihman 1972), i.e., whether formal descriptive categories can be equated and made comparable across languages (cf. Haspelmath 2010, Newmeyer 2010, Anderson 2017, Maddieson 2018). The second question is what factors must be taken into account when using quantitative methods with cross-linguistic datasets, i.e., languages are not independent data points because of genealogical relatedness and languages may also share features due to areal contact (Sherman 1975). Thus, these points challenge the assumptions of classical statistical approaches (Bell 1978, Rijkhoff & Bakker 1998, Janssen et al. 2006, Bakker 2011). 

Submissions can deal with any of the questions listed below, or with other questions related to phonological typology.

What are the new big questions in phonological typology?What is the current theoretical and empirical status of phonological universals?To what extent can we do typology at the macro vs. micro levels (cf. Heath 2016)? What phonological properties have been under-studied typologically?Why are phonemic categories (and descriptive categories in general) inadequate for typology? What are the alternatives?How do different approaches to typology, e.g., Canonical Typology or Distributional Typology, apply to phonology? What can sound changes and synchronic alternations in typological databases tell us about diachrony? How can we model the impact of language contact on phonological distributions? What can we discern from the landscape of particular geographic areas from a typological perspective?How does language acquisition affect worldwide phonological diversity?

For this special volume, we are aiming for shorter submissions (5000-7000 words) that cover a broader range of issues, in the spirit of Linguistic Typology Volume 20(3).

Submission deadline: June 15, 2021

Submission should be anonymous and follow the guidelines for authors. Additionally, data and methods should be made publicly available for scientific reproducibility, e.g. through OSF or an online repository. All submissions will go through double-blind review with at least three reviewers.

Questions and inquiries should be addressed to Shelece Easterday> and Steven Moran>.

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