Monosyllables — from Phonology to Typology

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Monosyllables — from Phonology to Typology

This conference is meant as the starting point of a long-term research project which aims at bringing out crosslinguistic regularities in the synchronic grammar and diachronic evolution of monosyllables. The conference brings together scholars of many schools of thought to exchange their views on monosyllable from as many angles as possible.

Call for Papers

Local Organisers: Prof. Dr. Thomas Stolz & local linguistics team

Invited Speakers:
Reinhard Köhler (Trier), Utz Maas (Osnabrück), Ian Maddieson (Albuquerque), Alexis Michaud (CNRS, Paris)

This conference is meant as the starting point of a long-term research project whose ultimate aim is to set out the crosslinguistic grammar of monosyllables. The segmental and suprasegmental phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics of monosyllabic words, their discourse functions, diachrony, learnability, contact sensitivity, frequency effects etc. are investigated closely. Their impact on linguistic theory (for instance, syllable structure) is evaluated.

Papers and posters on the following issues are welcome:
– Phonology of Monosyllables
– Morphology of Monosyllables
– Syntax of Monosyllables
– Semantics of Monosyllables
– Discourse Functions of Monosyllables
– Quantitative Aspects of Monosyllables
– Typological Aspects of Monosyllables
– Diachrony of Monosyllables
– Monosyllables and language contact
– The Psycholinguistics of Monosyllables
– Monosyllables in the History of Linguistics
– Monosyllables and Linguistic Theory

Papers and posters focusing on the properties of monosyllables in individual languages are welcome.

It is planned that the conference proceedings be published with a major publishing house.

Submission of abstracts for section papers or posters (600 words maximum, with title and author identified) should be addressed to: by 1 June 2009.

Notification of acceptance/non-acceptance by 31 July 2009.

Conference fees:
“Early booking” (until June 1, 2009): Regular 100€, Students 50€
Payment on campus: Regular 150€, Students 75€

This conference is part of the “Conference Marathon” within the three-weeks program of the Festival of languages in Bremen.

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