LINGUIST List 21.4548

Sat Nov 13 2010

Confs: Phonetics, Phonology, Sociolinguistics/Italy

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        1.     Chiara Celata , Sociophonetics, at the Crossroads of Speech Variation, Processing and Communication

Message 1: Sociophonetics, at the Crossroads of Speech Variation, Processing and Communication
Date: 11-Nov-2010
From: Chiara Celata <>
Subject: Sociophonetics, at the Crossroads of Speech Variation, Processing and Communication
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Sociophonetics, at the Crossroads of Speech Variation, Processing and Communication

Date: 14-Dec-2010 - 15-Dec-2010 Location: Pisa, Italy Contact: Chiara Celata Contact Email: Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Full Title: Sociophonetics, at the Crossroads of Speech Variation, Processing and Communication

Sociophonetics is currently emerging as a research field with a growing agenda and an assortment of research directions. It focuses on the relationships between phonetic/phonological form and social, regional and interactional/communicative factors, with a particular interest in the implications of speech variation on theories of language change.

Beside the variationist approach to speech production, recent sociophonetic studies are also concerned with the effects of variation on speech perception, phonological categorisation, speaker and self identification, speech accommodation in production. By means of an intense exchange with other subdisciplines of linguistic and cognitive sciences, sociophonetics is also devoted to acquisition, processing, mental representation and transmission of socially conditioned phonetic variation. Ethnographic approaches to individuals' social worlds, on the other hand, have revealed that social meaning is much more nuanced than predetermined social categorization would suggest, and promoted reliance on locally relevant social categories. Even though many important questions about those phonetic parameters that can act as social indicators have been successfully addressed (though with relatively little effort beyond English), several issues concerning both theoretical grounding and methodological preferences of sociophonetic studies are still open for further discussion.

The workshop aims at gathering scholars working on different aspects of sociophonetic, phonetic and sociolinguistic variation, to create an informal atmosphere for critical debate on a range of relevant topics such as (but not limited to):

- Dimensions of sociophonetic variation: sociolinguistic variables for the construction of socioindexical phonological categories; clustering of variables within a linguistic community

- Instrumental techniques for sociophonetics research: the role of experimental phonetics for an explicit definition of crucial notions in variationist phonetics and phonology (e.g., the relationship between speech rate, style, register, hyper-/hypo articulation etc. in connected speech)

- Perceptual dialectology, accent recognition, speakers' judgment about the indexical properties of variation in the speech signal

- Dialectology, historical linguistics and their contribution to sociophonetic research

- Sociophonetics and sociolinguistics: is current sociophonetics of any help in answering some critical issues of sociolinguistic research (e.g., the qualitative vs. quantitative evaluation of variables; the Observer's Paradox; the limits of experimental settings vs. naturalist informal observations of speakers' behavior)? Are theoretical and methodological improvements possible/envisaged/needed in sociophonetic research? What are the possible contributions of past and present sociolinguistics to that purpose?

- Sociophonetics and phonological theory

Keynote Speakers (in alphabetical order):

Gerard Docherty (University of Newcastle) Sarah Hawkins (University of Cambridge) William Labov (University of Pennsylvania) Giovanna Marotta (Università di Pisa) Gillian Sankoff (University of Pennsylvania) Adrian Simpson (Universitaet Jena) Rosanna Sornicola (Università di Napoli Federico II) Jane Stuart-Smith (University of Glasgow)

Location: Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

Local organizing committee: Pier Marco Bertinetto (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa) Silvia Calamai (Università di Siena) Chiara Celata (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)

The program with abtracts is now available at

December 14, 2010

13:00 Registration 14:00 Opening 14:15-15:15 William Labov 'What is to be learned' 15:15-16:00 Adrian Simpson 'Epiphenomenal, sociophonetic and interactional ejectives in English and German' 16:00-16:20 Coffee break 16:20-17:05 Jane Stuart-Smith 'Derhoticisation in Scottish English: the story so far' 17:05-17:30 Ying Ying Tan 'Social correlates of /r/ in Singapore English' 17:30-19:30 Poster session I Buffet

December 15, 2010

09:00-9:45 Rosanna Sornicola 'The diphtongs of the Phlegraean area and the theory of speech variability' 09:45-10:10 Ros Temple 'What and where is -t/-d deletion?' 10:10-10:55 Gerard Docherty (title to be announced) 10:55-11:15 Coffee break 11:15-12:00 Giovanna Marotta 'Weight, thickness and size of sociophonetic indexes. Production data and perception evidence from some Italian varieties' 12:00-12:45 Sarah Hawkins (title to be announced) 12:45-14:30 Lunch 14.30-16.30 Poster session II 16:30-17:00 Coffee break & best poster prize-giving 17:00-17:45 Bernard Laks 'Le traitement quantitatif et qualitatif de la variation, Loi de Zipf et répertoires : le cas de la liaison variable en français' 17:45-18:30 Gillian Sankoff (title to be announced)

Poster session I

Judit Bóna & Alexandra Markó 'Fundamental frequency patterns: the factors of age and discourse type'

Paolo Bravi 'Phonetic shift as correlate of identity sentiment, ideology and social practices'

Silvia Calamai & Chiara Celata 'Towards a sociophonetic explanation of progressive and regressive assimilation in nasal clusters'

Alida Chevalier 'Social Class Differentiation in South African Indian English: A Sociophonetic Study of Three Vowel Variables'

Maria Chiara Felloni & Daniele Avesani 'The global interrogative intonation as a social index in Parma linguistic community'

Nicholas Flynn 'A Preliminary Investigation of the Sociophonetics of Nottingham Adolescents'

Sandra Jansen 'High back vowel fronting in the north-west of England'

Svetlana Kaminskaia 'Tonal variation in Ontario French (Canada)'

Malgorzata Kul 'Quantifying hyper-and hypo/articulation'

Sandarenu Wijesiriwardane Kumarasamy 'Sri Lankan English: mapping speech variation in a 'Linguistic Area''

Katalin Mády 'Shortening of long high vowels in Hungarian: a perceptual loss?'

Folke Müller 'What about historical sociophonetics? Some thoughts on a prosodic study of German sound movies of the 1930s to 1950s'

Nadia Nocchi & Lorenzo Filipponio 'Lo vuoi co[z]ì o co[s]ì? A sociophonetic study on sibilants in the regional Italian of Livorno (Tuscany)'

Hanna Ruch 'Aspiration of /st/-clusters in Western Andalusian Spanish: Variation and change from a sociophonetic point of view'

Ying Ying Tan 'Age as a factor in ethnic accent identification'

Tracey Toefy 'The Coloured GOOSE: a study of /u/ fronting amongst young Coloured people in Cape Town, South Africa'

Presentation: Miriam Voghera 'VoLIP: a linguistic resource for the study of variation in the Italian language'

Poster session II

Katharine Barden & Sarah Hawkins 'Adaptation to accents in a polysystemic perceptual framework: a role for morphological structure'

Francesca Biliotti & Silvia Calamai 'Linguistic opinions and attitudes in Tuscany: verbal guise experiments on the varieties of Arezzo and Florence'

Letizia Cerqueglini 'Arabic Sociophonetics: language contact in South Semitic'

Rachele Delucchi, Francesco Cangemi & Michele Loporcaro 'Sociolinguistic interpretation needs geography (and dialectology): final unstressed vowels in some southern Campanian dialects'

Anne Fabricius & Dominic Watt 'Developing graphical methods in sociophonetics: outlines of a research agenda'

Antonella Gaillard-Corvaglia 'Empirisme et sociolinguistique cladistique : analyse d'un réseau d'idiolectes salentins'

Stephanie Lain 'Acoustic [voice] correlate variation by dialect: Data from Venezuelan Spanish'

Sylvia Moosmüller 'The roles of stereotypes, phonetic knowledge, and phonological knowledge in the evaluation of dialect authenticity'

Shawn Nissen 'Sex-specific differences in young children's speech production: An acoustic evaluation'

Beatrice Pacini 'Spirantizzazione fiorentina: da 'covert prestige' a 'overt prestige'?'

Dimitris Papazachariou 'The phonetics, phonology and sociolinguistics of clitic stress in Patras' dialect'

Hans Georg Piroth and Peter Skupinski 'Merging and Splitting Processes in Mountain Silesian: A Comparison to the Standard German Vowel System'

Valentina Russo, Noerbert Dittmar & Bernd Pompino-Marshall 'The early days of oral language teaching: the diffusion of German in fascist Italy'

Stephan Schmid 'Segmental features of Swiss German ethnolects'

Cyril Trimaille & Maria Candea 'Qui perçoit les 'tch', et comment? Perception, identification et signification sociale des variantes palatalisées/affriquées des consonnes /t/ et /d/ en français contemporain'

Isao Ueda 'On the status of the 'p-initial emphatic verbs' in Shizuoka Japanese'

Alessandro Vietti 'Variazione sociofonetica e contatto linguistico'

Dominic Watt, Carmen Llamas, Gerard Docherty, Jennifer Nycz, Damien Hall 'Linguistic variation and identity: Sound change along a national border'

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