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Conference on Phonetic Universals

Conference on Phonetic Universals


All sessions will be held at the institutes seminar room (4th floor). The working language will be English.

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Friday, 29 October

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome
9:15 – 10:00 keynote
Maddieson, Ian (University of New Mexico/ UC Berkeley)
The universality of segments in light of evidence for exemplars
10:00 – 10:30 Demolin, Didier (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Variations in the anatomic constraints on sound patterns
10:30 – 11:00 McDonough, Joyce (University of Rochester)
Re-examining the Athabaskan tonogenesis hypothesis: tonal dissmilation and tonogenesis
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 11:45 van Leussen, Jan-Willem (University of Amsterdam)
Modeling self-organization in consonant inventories
11:45 - 12:15 de Boer, Bart (University of Amsterdam)
First formant difference for /i/ and /u/: A cross-linguistic study and an explanation
12:15 – 12:45 Bradfield, Julian (University of Edinburgh) Phonetic universals -- abstract structure vs fine detail
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 14:30 keynote
Shadle, Christine (Haskins Laboratories)
Aerodynamics of speech, and the puzzle of voiced fricatives
14:30 - 15:00 Kim, Hyunsoon (Hongik University Seoul)
Nonrelease in preconsonantal plosives as a phonetic universal:
A case study of MRI, acoustic and aerodynamic data on Korean plosives
15:00 - 15:30 Simpson, Adrian (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)
Epiphenomenal ejectives and the production of ‘true’ ejectives?
15:30 - 16:00 Winter, Bodo & Grawunder, Sven (MPI EVA Leipzig)
The Frequency Code Revisited: Are the Universalist Claims Substantiated?
16:00 - 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 - 16:45 Carignan, Chris (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Lingual response to vowel nasalization
16:45 - 17:15 Scarborough, Rebecca (University of Colorado)
Phonetic and Phonological Patterns of Nasality in Lakota Vowels
17:15 – 17:45 Shosted, Ryan (University of Illinois)
When good oral stops go bad: Voicing, nasality, and oral obstruency
19:00 We will meet for Dinner at the Restaurant "Auerbachs Keller"
Mädler Passage, Grimmaische Straße 2-4

Saturday, 30 October

9:00 - 9:45 keynote
Poeppel, David (New York University)
The architecture of speech perception and its temporal foundations
9:45 – 10:15 Dmitrieva, Olga (Stanford University)
Universals in the distribution of geminate consonants and perception of consonant length
10:15 – 10:45 Basbøll, Hans (University of Southern Denmark)
What kind of (epi?)phenomenon is sonority? Universal Logic of Segment
Types as a framework for studying phonotactic patterns
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30 Giavazzi, Maria (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 
The phonetic underpinnings of prosodic conditioning
11:30 - 12:00 Dan Dediu (MPI Nijmegen)
"Genetic biasing in language diversity and universals"
12:00 – 12:30 Zygis, Marzena (ZAS, Berlin) & Jaye Padgett (UC Santa Cruz)
The role of contrast in sibilant inventories
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:45 keynote
Kingston, John (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Mutually assured autonomy
14:45 - 15:15 Brandstätter, Julia & Moosmüller, Sylvia
(Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna)
Intrinsic Vowel Duration in Standard Austrian German and Modern Standard Albanian
15:15 - 15:45 Zee, Eric & Lee, Wai-Sum (City University of Hong Kong)
Phonetic Typology of the Consonants of Chinese Dialects
15:45 - 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 – 17:00 keynote
Perrier, Pascal (GIPSA-LAB, Grenoble)
Vocal tract biomechanics and regularities in speech production
17:00 – 17:30 Finale


Sunday, 31 October

Workshop on data in speech production