[CUNY2019] Call for papers: Prosodic boundary phenomena (DGfS, Germany, Feb. 2021)

Isabell Wartenburger isabell.wartenburger at uni-potsdam.de
Tue Jul 7 05:23:22 EDT 2020

*Call for papers: Prosodic boundary phenomena*

We call for submissions for talks at the workshop "Prosodic boundary 
phenomena" to take place at the annual conference of the DGfS (Deutsche 
Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft) from 23.-26. February 2021, 
Freiburg i.B., Germany. This workshop intends to bring together 
interdisciplinary researchers working on the impact of prosody on 
language comprehension and production, such as cross-linguistic 
variation in prosodic boundary implementation, inter- and 
intraindividual differences including the ontogenetic development of 
prosodic competences, and researchers who are interested in the 
prosody-syntax interface from a modeling perspective or other phenomena 
related to prosodic boundaries. We welcome a variety of different 
methodological approaches to prosody research.

_Background_: In spoken language comprehension, the hearer is faced with 
a more or less continuous stream of auditory information. Prosodic cues, 
such as pitch movement, pre-boundary lengthening, and pauses, 
incrementally help to organize the incoming stream of information into 
prosodic phrases, which often coincide with syntactic units. Prosody is 
hence central to spoken language comprehension and is "the skeletal 
structure on which the rest of the utterance depends" (Frazier et al., 
Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2006: 248). Accordingly, some models 
assume that the speaker produces prosody in a consistent and 
hierarchical fashion (e.g., Nespor & Vogel, Prosodic phonology, 
Dordrecht: Foris, 1986; Frazier et al., Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 
2006). While there is manifold empirical evidence that prosodic boundary 
cues are reliably and robustly produced and effectively guide sentence 
comprehension across different populations and languages, the underlying 
mechanisms and the nature of the prosody-syntax interface are still not 
identified sufficiently. This is also reflected in the fact that most 
models on sentence processing completely lack prosodic information.

_Related information_: 
https://dgfs2021.uni-freiburg.de/; A limited number of travel grants of 
up to 500 Euro are available for accepted contributions by DGfS members 
without/with low income.

_Important dates_: Please send your 1-page abstract as a pdf no later 
than *1. September 2020* with the subject line "Prosodic boundary 
phenomena DGfS" to Fabian Schubö <fabian.schuboe AT 
ifla.uni-stuttgart.de> *AND* Isabell Wartenburger <isabell.wartenburger 
AT uni-potsdam.de>.

_Organized by_: Fabian Schubö & Sabine Zerbian, Universität Stuttgart, 
Institut für Linguistik and Sandra Hanne & Isabell Wartenburger, 
Universität Potsdam, Department Linguistik

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