From: Charles Reiss <reissalcor.concordia.ca>
Subject: North American Phonology Conference 6
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Full Title: North American Phonology Conference 6
Short Title: NAPhC 6
Date: 30-Apr-2010 - 02-May-2010
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
Contact Person: Charles Reiss
Meeting Email: cogscialcor.concordia.ca
Web Site: http://linguistics.concordia.ca/naphc6/
Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Phonology
Call Deadline: 26-Mar-2010
Sixth North American Phonology Conference
Concordia University, Montreal
April 30-May 2, 2010
Theme: A celebration of the 51st anniversary of the publication of The Sound
Pattern of Russian.
A celebration of the 51st anniversary of the publication of Morris Halle's The
Sound Pattern of Russian (SPR). We invite papers (on any and all languages--not
just Russian!) that address issues raised by the conditions on phonological
theory proposed in SPR.
2nd Call for Papers
Morris Halle's (1959) The Sound Pattern of Russian (SPR) proposes 6 formal
conditions that a phonological theory should fulfill, paraphrased as follows:
Condition 1: Phonological representations consist of segments and boundaries.
Condition 2: The phonetic properties of segments are characterized by a set of
binary distinctive features.
Condition 3: A phonological description of a language must provide a
deterministic algorithm for mapping from an input representation (containing
only phonological information) to an output representation.
Condition 4: The phonology must interface with other modules of grammar, such as
Condition 5: In phonological representations the number of specified features is
consistently reduced to a minimum compatible with satisfying Conditions (3) and (4).
Condition 6: Morphological boundaries have to be eliminated or converted by the
These six conditions serve as the theme of this year's NAPhC. We invite papers
(on any and all languages-not just Russian!) that address issues raised by these
conditions and other aspects of SPR. Are these conditions met by current models?
Has their acceptance or rejection been sufficiently justified? For example, do
Halle's arguments for binarity still hold? Are other arguments available for
binarity? Have models that evaluate alignment of, say, syllables and morphemes
justified the rejection of Condition 6?
Please submit an anonymous 2 page abstract in pdf format to submissions by March
26, 2010. Authors of accepted papers will be notified on March 29, 2010.
Lee Bickmore (SUNY Albany)
Daniel Currie Hall (Meertens Instituut)
Suzanne Urbanczyk (University of Victoria)
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