5th Workshop on Sound Change

Organizers:

  • Alan C.L. Yu (University of Chicago)
  • Georgia Zellou (University of California, Davis)

The Workshop on Sound Change is a meeting where researchers investigating aspects of sound change from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives are brought together to work on substantive issues in the field and share ideas and findings.

The Special theme of the WSC 5 is sound change in endangered and small speech communities. Sound change research, as in most work in phonetics and phonology, have focused on languages that have historically been dominant or where speakers are easily accessible. The dynamics of language endangerment and interaction between small groups of speakers may provide unique opportunities for sound change to take place. Small speech communities has different social factors than large communities, leading to the phonetic and cognitive influences to interact and diffuse in different ways when there are fewer agents. How sound change might originate and diffuse in speech communities of different sizes is poorly understood. Furthermore, endangered and small languages are often heavily influenced by other languages and cultures, making sound change more likely. In order to make useful models and predictions about when and how sound change will occur, we need to explore these patterns in diverse speech communities.

 

Invited Plenary Speakers:

  • Naomi Feldman (University of Maryland)
  • Gareth Roberts (University of Pennsylvania)

Invited Speakers:

  • Christian DiCanio (University at Buffalo)
  • Marianne Pouplier (IPS, Munich)
  • James Stanford (Dartmouth College)
  • Meredith Tamminga (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Yao Yao (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Invited Discussants:

  • Patrice Speeter Beddor (University of Michigan)
  • Sonya Bird (University of Victoria)
  • Andrew Garrett (University of California, Berkeley)
  • James Kirby (Edinburgh University)
  • Jane Stuart-Smith (University of Glasgow)

Organizing Committee:

  • Santiago Barreda (University of California, Davis)
  • Darya Kavitskaya (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Tyler Kendall (University of Oregon)
  • Susan Lin (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Grant McGuire (University of California, Santa Cruz)
  • Alan Yu (University of Chicago)
  • Georgia Zellou (University of California, Davis)

 

The core idea behind the WSC 5 is to bring together researchers working on sound change who come from a variety of different backgrounds and disciplines to have conversations, integrate their perspectives and insights, and make substantive progress on questions that remain in the field.

The Special theme of the 5th WSC is sound change in endangered and small speech communities. Sound change research, as in most work in phonetics and phonology, has focused on languages that have historically been dominant or where speakers are easily accessible. The dynamics of language endangerment and interaction between small groups of speakers may provide unique opportunities for sound change to take place. Small speech communities have different social factors than large communities, leading to phonetic and cognitive influences to interact and diffuse in different ways when there are fewer agents. How sound change might originate and diffuse in speech communities of different sizes is poorly understood. Furthermore, endangered and small languages are often heavily influenced by other languages and cultures, making sound change more likely. In order to make useful models and predictions about when and how sound change will occur, we need to explore these patterns in diverse speech communities.

In addition to the Special theme, the WSC 5 will be a place where scholars come together and make substantive progress on outstanding theoretical questions and issues in the field. General issues addressed at the workshop will include questions regarding the identification of the sources of sound change, and the mechanism of sound change propagation.

We welcome Abstracts from researchers investigating any aspect of sound change from a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. Submissions addressing any and all aspects of sound change are encouraged - there is no need for submitted abstracts to engage with the theme.

Possible topics might include:

  • Perceptual, articulatory, and aerodynamic investigations into the phonetic origins of sound change
  • The role of individual variation in articulation, perception, and sociolinguistic monitoring in sound change actuation
  • Computational modeling of sound change propagation
  • The connection between language acquisition and language learning on sound change
  • Contact-induced variation in sound change
  • Biological foundations of sound change

The workshop will consist of oral presentations, discussion sessions, and poster sessions. Abstract submitters may choose to have their abstract considered either for a poster only, or for a poster or a talk.

Selections of papers on the theme of WSC 5 will also be considered for publication in a special collection (the online equivalent of a special issue).

*****Travel grants of up to $400 will be awarded on a competitive basis for graduate student presenters!

Anonymized abstracts (PDF, 12 point font, max 1 page text + 1 page figures and references) may be submitted via EasyAbstracts from http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/wsc5 . You may submit no more than one abstract as first author.

 

 

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