Fourth Utrecht Biannual Phonology Workshop

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  • Theme: Typology in Phonology
  • Organisers: Rene Kager & Wim Zonneveld
  • Organising institution: Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
  • Dates: 22-23 June, 2000
  • Invited speakers: Ellen Broselow (SUNY Stony Brook) and Paul Kiparsky (Stanford University)

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    Thursday, 22 June

    9:30 Opening

    9:45 Evan Mellander (McGill University)
    The uneven trochee and quantitative adjustment
    abstract (pdf)

    10:30 Bruce Morén (Georgetown University)
    Using Optimality Theory to re-examine the nature of typology: an example from phonological weight theory
    abstract (pdf)

    11:15 coffee break

    11:30 Curt Rice (University of Tromsø)
    Implications of Richness of the Base for the analysis of Germanic quantity contrasts
    abstract (pdf) | personal page Rice

    12:15 lunch

    14:00 Janet Grijzenhout (Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf)
    Constraint demotion and constraint transfer in language acquisition
    personal page Grijzenhout

    14:45 Sharon Peperkamp & Emanuel Dupoux (Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, Paris)
    Two typological gaps in stress systems: arguments from early language acquisition
    abstract (pdf) | personal page Peperkamp | personal page Dupoux

    15:30 discussion session (theme to be announced)

    16:00 tea break

    16:15 Ellen Broselow (State University of New York, Stony Brook), invited speaker
    Positional asymmetries: phonology on the edge
    abstract (pdf) | personal page Broselow

    Friday, 23 June

    9:45 Charles Reiss (Concordia University)
    Possible and impossible conditions on rules
    abstract (pdf) | personal page Reiss

    10:30 Kimary Shahin (Birzeit University)
    Impossible underlying V inventories
    abstract (pdf) | personal page Shahin

    11:15 coffee break

    11:30 Olga Petrova, Rosemary Plapp, Catherine Ringen (University of Iowa), and Szilárd Szentgyörgyi (University of Veszprém)
    Why are there no aspirated stops in Hungarian and Russian?
    abstract (pdf) | personal page Ringen

    12:15 lunch

    14:00 Wouter Jansen (University of Groningen)
    A grounded account of voicing in obstruent clusters
    abstract (pdf) | personal page Jansen

    14:45 Haruka Fukazawa (Kyushu Institute of Technology) & Linda Lombardi (University of Maryland, College Park)
    To be simple or not to be: constraint structure in Optimality Theory
    abstract (pdf) | personal page Fukazawa | personal page Lombardi

    15:30 discussion session (theme to be announced)

    16:00 tea break

    16:15 Paul Kiparsky (Stanford University), invited speaker
    Types of vowel harmony
    abstract (pdf) | personal page Kiparsky

    Information for speakers
  • Presentations are 30 minutes (40 minutes for invited speakers) plus 15 minutes discussion.
  • Please bring 40 handouts. Additional handouts will be made by the organizers depending on the actual demand.
  • An overhead projector will be present in the room. Please let us know if you need anything else.

    Workshop location
  • The workshop will be held in the CSB gebouw, Kromme Nieuwegracht 39, in the centre of Utrecht.
  • The CSB building is five minutes away from the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS, at Trans 10, Utrecht.
  • From the UiL-OTS, walk to the end of Trans, cross the Nieuwegracht, and continue along the Kromme Nieuwegracht.
  • You will find the CSB gebouw (number 39) at your left hand side.

  • The workshop fee is HFL 25. Registration will be at the workshop site, on Thursday June 22, starting at 9:00.
  • A welcome meeting will take place on Wednesday, 21 June, 6:30 p.m. at Café Hofman, Janskerkhof 17.

    Hotel reservations can be made electronically. For information click

    Deadline for abstracts: 1 April 2000

    Theme description:
    The aim of this workshop is to consider the role of negative typological evidence in phonological theory. That is, we will approach the research field of Phonological Typology not from the standard viewpoint of existing languages of two or more types, vis-a-vis a given phenomenon, but from that of the existing/non-existing language type dichotomy, with an emphasis on the latter: which type of language is actually never found, why is its absence principled rather than accidental, and how is its absence explained in formal theories of phonology.

    Gaps in typologies have played an important role in phonological theory (for example, the iambic-trochaic asymmetry in metrical phonology). Since the primary goal of linguistic theory is to define the notion of 'possible natural language', the question arises to what extent systematic gaps in typologies reflect genuine properties of human language, or conversely, to what extent such gaps are accidental only. What criteria render negative typological evidence relevant to phonological theory?

    High priority will be given to papers that have one or more of the following properties. Its typological claims
    • are based on existing and identified corpora, and/or defined literature searches (and perhaps only lastly on reasonable hunches or gut feelings);
    • are made against the background of overt criteria regarding the relevance of typological gaps (or stated differently, the observed typological gap constitutes an empirical surprise rather than a trivial observation inviting just a formal exercise);
    • are formalized in an overtly stated theoretical framework.
    We will especially welcome contributions that highlight issues such as:
    • an appraisal (weak and strong points) of the corpus approach to their material;
    • the role of phonetic experimental explanation in phonology;
    • the differences and similarities between a formalization and an explanation;
    • relations between phonological and morphological typology (for example, directionality of phonological processes in prefixing versus suffixing languages), or syntactic typology (for example, the side of the head in syntactic and phonological phrases);
    • explanations for typological gaps in terms of converging gradient factors (for example, the convergence of directionality and foot type in leftward iambic systems).
    It must be emphatically noted that the contents of the workshop are also intended to cover:
    • (corpus-based) descriptions and explanations of existing vs. non-existing historical developments;
    • observed principled differences between child and adult languages (for example, the wide-spread occurrence of consonant harmony in child language);
    • empirically supported pleas for (further) typological investigations of an identified research area;
    • empirically supported pleas for establishing new corpora between existing ones.
    Submission of abstracts. Abstracts are requested to have a maximum length of a single page, with an optional second page for examples and references. Send two anonymous abstracts and one marked with the author's name and affiliation to:

    René Kager
    Trans 10
    3512 JK Utrecht
    The Netherlands

    No e-mail submissions, please. (Electronic versions of accepted abstracts will be requested at a later stage.)