1st Workshop on Spoken Morphology: Phonetics and Phonology of Complex Words

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

August 24-26, 2016

Organizer: Ingo Plag, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Aims and Scope

Spoken morphology, i.e. the pronunciation of morphologically complex words, poses two big challenges to theories of the mental lexicon and grammar. The first is the recent insight that supposedly categorical morpho-phonological alternations are much more variable than previously conceived. What is responsible for this variation, and how can models of grammar and the lexicon accommodate it? The second, and more general, challenge is to determine the role of morphological structure in the phonetic realization of words. Recently, there are conflicting findings whether (and if so, how) morphological structure influences the articulation and acoustics of complex words, and how this in turn influences perception and comprehension. Research in this area has important implications for current theories of the mental lexicon and of speech production, perception and comprehension.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together contributions on the articulation, acoustics or phonology of complex words that address the above-mentioned issues.

Invited Speakers

Joanna Cholin (U Bochum)

Erin Conwell (U North Dakota)

Susanne Gahl (U Berkeley)

Ariel Goldberg (Tufts U)

Holger Mitterer (U of Malta)

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