LINGUIST List 32.2282

Tue Jul 06 2021

Calls: Gen Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 02-Jul-2021
From: Lars Meyer <>
Subject: (Why) is Language (Not) Rhythmic? (DGfS 2022, AG 14)
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Full Title: (Why) is Language (Not) Rhythmic? (DGfS 2022, AG 14)

Date: 23-Feb-2022 - 25-Feb-2022
Location: Tübingen, Germany
Contact Person: Lars Meyer
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2021

Meeting Description:

Recent findings from auditory neuroscience suggest that periodic electrophysiological activity supports the neural processing of spoken language (for review, see Poeppel & Assaneo, 2020). Periodic modulations of neuronal potentials, so-called neural oscillations, represent time windows for acoustic and abstract information processing at different temporal granularities. Oscillatory cycles of different durations are known—from a few milliseconds to a few seconds. Synchronization of oscillations has been described for phonemes, syllabic nuclei, prosodic boundaries, and syntactic phrases (for review, see Meyer, 2018; Strauß & Schwartz, 2017).

This workshop critically evaluates the major assumption of this research: Neural oscillations can serve to process acoustic and abstract units only if these units are rhythmic themselves. But are phonemes, syllabic nuclei, prosodic boundaries, and syntactic phrases really rhythmic? Does our linguistic behavior in production and comprehension then also exhibit rhythmic patterns?

(Note: The workshop is part of the Annual Conference of the DGfS.)

Call for Papers:

We invite you to submit abstracts for talks (20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion). Abstracts should be submitted as a single PDF file of 250 words; references don’t count and an optional figure page is fine. Please submit your abstract via by 15 August, 2021.

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