LINGUIST List 32.87

Thu Jan 07 2021

Calls: Phonetics, Phonology, Socioling/Spain

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 24-Dec-2020
From: Olga Maxwell <>
Subject: Prosodic Variation: The Role of Past and Present Contact in Multilingual Societies
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Full Title: Prosodic Variation: The Role of Past and Present Contact in Multilingual Societies
Short Title: ProVar2021

Date: 23-Jun-2021 - 23-Jun-2021
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Contact Person: Olga Maxwell
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2021

Meeting Description:

A large body of work has documented cross-linguistic prosodic variation in monolingual speech communities. Work on prosodic variation due to contact of two or more languages frequently focuses on the individual, e.g. bilingual prosody and L2 acquisition. However, contact phenomena also occur at the collective level of interaction, i.e. within multilingual communities. Given these are, and have historically been, arguably more numerous than monolingual communities, the impact of multilingualism on prosodic variation is of high theoretical importance. For example, contact-induced variation may challenge the suitability of traditionally applied categories, and the complex interplay of factors in multilingual communities poses questions about methodological approaches and typology. Diachronically, there are questions as to how prosodic effects of contact evolve and whether and how fast these are attrited.

This workshop is a satellite event to Phonetics and Phonology in Europe (PaPE) 2021 and provides a platform for the growing community of researchers studying prosody in contact to share findings, discuss methodological issues, and debate the theoretical implications of their work. There will be oral presentations, covering both synchronic and diachronic aspects of prosody in contact, anchored around keynote papers from invited speakers and framework discussion. Abstracts for papers are invited on all aspects of prosody in contact languages, including pitch-related, temporal and spectral phenomena, and on all language varieties, including those spoken by diaspora communities. All abstracts will undergo a blind review process.

Invited speaker:
Professor Carlos Gussenhoven (Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan)

Venue: Pompeu Fabra University / Poblenou Campus, Barcelona, Spain

Workshop organisers:
Dr Mary Baltazani, University of Oxford
Dr Olga Maxwell, University of Melbourne
Dr Elinor Payne, University of Oxford

Call for Papers:

For more information and for updates please visit the workshop website:

Abstract submission link:

Abstract format:
Abstracts must be anonymous and no more than one side of A4 (Arial 11), not including references and figures (which may be up to one further side of A4). Authors may submit only one first author abstract per person. Please note abstract submissions are separate from, and in addition to, paper submissions to the main PaPE 2021 conference.

Abstract submission opens: 23 December, 2020
Deadline for abstracts: 15 February, 2021
Notification of acceptance: 28 February, 2021

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