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Full Title: Phonology and Interphonology of Contemporary English : from Native Corpora to Learner Corpora

Short Title: PAC2017
Location: Paris, France
Start Date: 28-Sep-2017 - 30-Sep-2017
Contact: Cecile Voillain
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Meeting Description: PAC 2017 - Phonology and interphonology of contemporary English: from native corpora to learner corpora

International conference:
Thursday, September 28 to Saturday, September 30 2017
at Université Paris Nanterre / Paris Nanterre University

Guest Speakers:

Jacques Durand, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès
Dan Frost, Université de Grenoble
Patrick Honeybone, University of Edinburgh

All papers focusing on the main theme summarized by the title of the conference are welcome but, to contextualize this forthcoming event, participants should be aware that PAC 2017 is a logical extension of the conferences that the PAC project has organized annually since 2000, on a European level, at the universities of Toulouse II, Montpellier III and Aix-Marseille I, and reflects the developing activities of this project. All contributions on the phonology and phonetics of contemporary English as well as on the interphonology of English are welcome.

General PAC Session:

The general PAC session will be dedicated to the following theme:

Usage-based accounts and phonological models: how to articulate phonetic-acoustic studies and phonological theory.

In recent years, usage-based accounts, especially within the framework of Exemplar Theory (Pierrehumbert 2001, 2006), have been put forward as relevant explanations for various phenomena observed, on the basis of oral corpora, in the different varieties of oral English. By relying on frequency effects, such accounts have shed light on the emergence and evolution of New Zealand and Australian English (Trudgill 2004, Gordon et al. 2004) or on the dynamics of rhoticity and r-sandhi phenomena in contemporary non-rhotic varieties (Cox et al. 2014) for example. However, such accounts are often criticised for lacking phonological abstraction and for not being able to fully account for the phenomena in question as they do not model their underlying mechanisms at the phonological level. That is why many phonologists have rejected these accounts. However, other phonologists have shown how the results provided by phonetic-acoustic studies and usage-based accounts of corpora can lend themselves to theoretical analyses and help model the emergence and evolution of phenomena at the phonological level (see Patrick Honeybone's work on T-to-R in Liverpool English (to appear) for an example of such an approach).
Linguistic Subfield: Phonology; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 28.277

The following session(s) will be held during this meeting:
Interphonology Session

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