LINGUIST List 32.334

Wed Jan 27 2021

Calls: Phonetics, Phonology, Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax/Spain

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 27-Jan-2021
From: Jutta Hartmann <>
Subject: Creativity and Variability: Prosody and Information Structure
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Full Title: Creativity and Variability: Prosody and Information Structure

Date: 23-Jun-2021 - 23-Jun-2021
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Contact Person: Jutta Hartmann
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax

Call Deadline: 01-Feb-2021

Meeting Description:

Creativity is one of the defining features of human interaction. Linguistic creativity may manifest itself in terms of innovative novel forms and/or the suppression & eventual abandonment of existing structure in a language. Thus, phonetic and prosodic variation might be considered linguistic creativity. It also shows the production of novel forms that are either discarded or subsumed into a general analysis based on the most frequent forms. Such variation has also been found in the prosodic marking of information-structure making it especially difficult to determine the deviant vs. convention status of a form. Such phonetic and prosodic variability may result from a number of factors including speaker, context as well as linguistic and dialectal structures. Yet, there are few existing attempts aiming to model this variation. Empirical studies generally do not clarify the processing of a novel and ‘deviant’ form in contrast to a ‘canonical’ or ‘non-deviant’ form in their data.

Aim of the workshop:
In this workshop, we aim to look at phonetic and prosodic variability as potential linguistic creativity. We are interested in investigating variable phonetic and prosodic realizations in different information-structural contexts with a special focus on the creative aspects of such use and interpretation of variable forms. The overall aim is to develop a better understanding of phonetic and prosodic variability caused by the above mentioned (and hitherto undiscussed) factors and how it manifests itself in the context of variable information structure (IS).

Final Call for Papers:

We invite papers that address the topic of the workshop, especially considering the following research questions:
- What are the factors resulting in systematic phonetic variability in the encoding of IS?
- How do dialogue partners ‘handle’ variability in production and/or perception of linguistic forms in a given IS notion? To what extent can this handling be called creative?
- What is a ‘deviant’ form? How is its deviance determined and integrated in an analysis?
- How can we model variability, including grammatical, prosodic, computational and statistical approaches to modeling variation? Comparisons and critiques of existing models and proposals for new ones are highly welcome.
- How to model the interface between phonetic and prosodic variability and IS? How does a given model fit with the current approaches to IS and phonetic and prosodic variability?

Submission Guidelines:
We invite abstracts related to the above-mentioned areas of interest. Single page (A4) abstracts should be written in English and submitted as a pdf file on EasyChair ( Examples, figures, tables, and references may be added on the second page. All the abstracts will be peer-reviewed.

Organizational Details:
This two-hours (16:00-18:00 CET) workshop is part of the 4th PAPE Conference ( hosted by Pompeu Fabra University , Barcelona. It comprises talks of 15-minutes (plus 5 minutes for Q/A). This is a tentative schedule subject to change on the basis of number of submissions and accepted abstracts. The workshop is intended to offer only oral presentations.

Important Dates:
- Deadline for abstract submission: 1 February 2021
- Acceptance notification: 28 February 2021
- PaPE Conference: 21 - 23 June 2021
- Workshop: 23 June 2021

- Jutta Hartmann (Bielefeld University)
- Farhat Jabeen (Bielefeld University)
- Petra Wagner (Bielefeld University)

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