Workshop on Nasality and Laryngeal Representations, University of Essex

  • 14 Nov 2019 18:23
    Message # 8107848

    Workshop of Nasality and Laryngeal Representations in Phonology

    A common interaction is seen in grammars between nasality and laryngeal features, in particular voice (also including breathy, aspirated, creaky, constricted, glottalic) and tone. This workshop focuses on this interaction and how phonological representations can capture both language specific patterns and cross-linguistic tendencies. There are various interactions between voice and nasality (Ito & Mester 1986, Nasukawa 2005) and voice and tone in depressor effects (Trail, Khumalo & Fridjhon 1987, Downing & Gick 2005) but we know much less about the interaction of tone and nasality and whether there are systems where voice, nasality and tone interact. This question is particularly pertinent to privative approaches to segmental structure and specifically where, for example, voice, nasality and low tone are argued to be captured by the same prime. The question is then whether such approaches preclude the three way interaction and (a) is this empirically supported? and (b) what kinds of segmental representation would account for two-way or three-way interactions? The workshop will focus on three broad themes: 

    ·     New/lesser known empirical findings that shed light on broader interactions of nasality, laryngeal features and tone in any combination. Any unexpected patterns in data showing lack of expected interaction given assumptions of privative systems and the implications this has for analysis. Phonetic and experimental evidence is also welcomed.

    ·     The kinds of representations that can be assumed/developed to account for two/three-way interactions where they exist. Should these exclude particular interactions? Is there an interaction between systems with more than the basic voicing type and the ability to also have nasality or tone contrasts and vice versa?

    ·     Historical data that show the development of nasality, tone and/or laryngeal specifications and what this entails for their representations. Can we predict what could develop or be lost over time based on initial laryngeal settings? What are the conditions that might favour/disfavour particular settings?

    Invited Speakers

    Kuniya Nasukawa (Tohoku Gakuin University, Japan)

    Bert Botma (University of Leiden)

    Important Dates:

    Deadline for Abstracts: Friday 13 December 2019

    Notification of Acceptance: Thursday 19 December 2019

    Workshop: Wednesday 8 January 2020

    Abstract Guidelines:

    Abstracts should be maximally one page including data. References and diagrams may appear on a second page. 12-point font and one-inch (2.54cm) margins. Submissions must be anonymous and limited to 1 per author whether sole or co-authored. Pdf electronic submissions only. Submit abstracts to: with authorship details in the body of the email.


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