French Phonology Network Meeting 2013 (RFP 2013)

CALL FOR PAPERS French Phonology Network Meeting 2013 (RFP 2013)

After the conferences organized in Orléans 2010, Tours 2011 and Paris 2012, the French Phonology Network (Réseau Français de Phonologie) is launching a call for papers for a new meeting in the same spirit that will take place in Nantes, France, from July, 1st to 3rd, 2013 thanks to the LLing (EA3827, Université de Nantes), FoReLL (Université de Poitiers) and MSH-Ange Guépin.

Invited speakers
* Phillip Backley (Tohoku Gakuin University, Sendai, Japon).
* Didier Demolin (GIPSA Grenoble / UMR 5216 , France).
* Andrew Nevins (University College London, Royaume-Uni)
* Bert Vaux (King’s College Cambridge, Royaume-Uni).
* Sophie Wauquier (Université de Paris 8 / UMR 7023, France).
* Leo Wetzels (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Pays-Bas).

Main session
Phonologists of every school or background are warmly welcome to participate. Issues at stake may be in the field of general phonology or of the phonological analysis of a linguistic phenomenon of a specific language. Submissions that will be taken into consideration will be those dealing with signal processing, perception, acquisition, diachrony, dialectology, formalism, epistemology and all issues which explicitly file under the field of phonology and its interfaces.

Thematic sessions
This year we’d like to draw your attention to the fact that thematic sessions will be organized around ‘Acquisition’ and ‘Harmony’.

Thematic session 1 : Acquisition
This thematic session aims at addressing the latest issues in the field of phonological acquisition of a first or second language. It will bring forward data which are unattested in adult’s languages and challenge phonological theories.

Submissions dealing with any aspect/level of phonological acquisition are welcome. They may be concerned with minimal units in phonology (features, elements, segments), the syllable, prosody, processes (in production or perception) among other topics. Contributions may be couched in any theoretical framework, and may be concerned with the acquisition of a single language or adopt a cross-linguistic/typological perspective.

Thematic session 2 : Harmony
Harmony is a wide-spread process among the world’s languages. It may be defined as a syntagmatic change whereby a given segment absorbs some of the properties of another segment in the same phonological domain. When it is perceived as some kind of long-distance assimilation, harmony -which may be local (strict contiguity) or extended to a given domain (syllable, foot, word, phonological phrase)- may target vowels (vowel harmony) or consonants (consonant harmony). If locality seems to play a crucial role in its definition, harmony is also sensitive to directionality. Intervening segments (within the domain within which harmony applies) may prevent harmony to take place or be transparent: are these really invisible or are they somehow involved in the harmony process? Are harmony processes due to phonetic (e.g. phonologization of a coarticulation process) or to strictly phonological principles (e.g. computation of a restricted set of principles)?

This thematic session aims at bringing together people who are concerned with harmony in general phonology as well as with harmonic relations in speech perception and production, prosody, acquisition, development, the structuring of the lexicon, automatic speech recognition and speech synthesis (this list, of course, should not be interpreted as being exhaustive).

Submission format and selection
Abstracts will be written either in French or in English and will not exceed two pages in length, (A4 format, Times font, size 12), including examples and references, and will be submitted through Easychair: The abstract must be completely anonymous and do not contain any information that identifies the authors. Submissions will then be forwarded to two peers for assessment and the final selection will be carried out by a board meeting.

Important dates
* Call for papers: December 15, 2012
* Deadline for submission: March 1st, 2013
* Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2013
* Conference: July 1st to 3rd, 2013.

Talks will last 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes’ debate.

J.-P. Angoujard (U. de Nantes), S. Bendjaballah (U. Paris 7), G. Bergounioux (U. d’Orléans), J. Brandao de Carvalho (U. Paris 8), Ph. Carr (U. de Montpellier), C. Dugua (U. d’Orléans), J. Durand (U. de Toulouse), S. Ferré (U. de Tours), J.-M. Fournier (U. de Tours), S. Herment, (U. d’Aix-Marseille), M. D’Imperio (Aix-Marseille), M. Lahrouchi (U. Paris 8), B. Laks (U. Paris 10), J.-L. Léonard (U. Paris 3), J. Lowenstamm (U. Paris 7), N. Nguyen (U. d’Aix-Marseille), R. Noske (U. de Lille), C. Patin (U. de Lille), A. Rialland (U. Paris 3), R. Ridouane (U. Paris 3), M. Russo (U. Paris 8) , P. Sauzet (U. Toulouse), T. Scheer (U. Nice), Ph. Ségéral (U. Paris 7), A. Tifrit (U. de Nantes), N. Vallée (U. de Grenoble), S. Wauquier (U. Paris 8).

Organizing committee
J.-M. Beltzung, E. Caratini, O. Crouzet, A. Tifrit

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