ICPhS 2007 Satellite Meeting

Workshop on “Intonational Phonology: Understudied or Fieldwork Languages”

August 5, 2007 (8:30am-6:00pm)

Building B3 1 , Room - Hörsaal 2, Saaland University

Saarbrücken , Germany

In recent years, the framework of intonational phonology, also known as the Autosegmental-Metrical (AM) model of intonation, has been applied to many languages, but most of these have been major languages or languages whose prosodic systems have been fairly well-known to us. However, to better understand prosodic typology, we need to analyze a wider range of prosodic systems using the same framework.

This workshop aims to provide a forum to introduce and discuss the intonational phonology of languages whose prosodic systems have not been studied much or whose prosodic systems have been studied through fieldwork research. Through this workshop, we hope to learn the various prosodic systems of understudied languages and the methods of collecting intonation data through fieldwork research. Several invited speakers will present the intonational phonology of various understudied/fieldwork languages.

We also expect to include some oral/poster presentations during the workshop. Any topic related to intonational phonology is welcome but a model of the intonation system of an understudied/fieldwork language would be particularly welcome. If you are interested in presenting your work (either completed or in progress), please send a long abstract (up to 1000 words) to intonation@humnet.ucla.edu with ‘abstract’ written on the subject line. Submissions should be in pdf format. All accepted papers will be available as on-line proceedings on the web. We plan to publish selected contributions from the workshop in a book to be published by Oxford University Press.

Invited Speakers

Laura Downing (ZAS, Germany )
        – Chichewa, Chitumbuka, & Durban Zulu
Janet Fletcher ( Univ. of Melbourne , Australia )
        – Dalabon , an Australian Aboriginal Language
Shelome Gooden ( Univ. of Pittsburgh )
        – JamaicanCreole
Carlos Gussenhoven ( RadboudUniversity Nijmegen)
        – Yucatec Maya
Yosuke Igarashi ( Japan Society for the Promotion of Science & National Institute for Japanese Language)
          Japanese dialects
Elinor Keane ( Oxford Univ. Phonetics Lab)
        – Tamil

Workshop Schedule

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline (extended): May 20, 2007

Notification of acceptance: June 5, 2007

Paper submission deadline: July 10, 2007

If you would like to participate in the workshop, please send an e-mail message by
May 15, 2007 to intonation@humnet.ucla.edu with ‘Workshop participation’ written on the subject line. Please include the following information in your e-mail:


Student participants: 15 Euros
Regular participants: 25 Euros

The fees will cover a video projector/room rentals, printed materials, coffe breaks, and lunch. It can be paid on site in cash only.


Sun-Ah Jun

Department of Linguistics, UCLA

Advisory Committee

Janet Fletcher , University of Melbourne , Australia

Carlos Gussenhoven , Radboud University Nijmegen

Bob Ladd , University of Edinburgh


Prof. Sun-Ah Jun
Department of Linguistics
Los Angeles , CA 90095-1543