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CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing

The 29th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing is hosted by the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, March 3-5, 2016. Visit the conference site for more information.

Special Session: Language Variation Within and Across Speakers
Abstract Submission: Abstract submission for papers and posters is now open!
Deadline: November 8, 2015

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CUNY Phonology Forum

The 2016 Cuny Phonology Forum: Conference on Sonority will be held January 14-15 at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Sonority is thought to play a central role in the organization of segments into syllables, and more specifically, to determine the nature of syllable-internal consonant clusters, possible coda segments, syllabic consonants, glide-vowel alternations, epenthesis sites, tone-bearing units, and even, in some languages, sonority-based stress patterns. Investigations into sonority have focused on its role in synchronic grammar, its status as universal and innate, and whether the full sonority scale reflects a single phonetic correlate. The topic has received much attention from both theoretical and laboratory phonologists, and this forum seeks to showcase work from both approaches.

Invited Speakers: Stephen Parker (Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics) and Matthew Gordon (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Abstract Submission: Abstract submission for papers and posters is now open!
Deadline: October 31, 2015

Submission Guidelines

We invite papers from any subdivision of cognitive science such as formal linguistics, language acquisition, neurolinguistics, phonetics, philosophy, psychology, etc. We also encourage diversity in methods so we welcome both formal and experimental approaches to the topic of sonority.

Abstracts should consist of a one-page description of the paper (12pt font) with a second page for references, data and/or illustrations; please specify if you wish to submit for a poster, an oral presentation, or are fine with either. Talks will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes for discussion.

Abstracts should be anonymous, on one A4/letter page (12 pt. font) with a second page for references, data and/or illustrations. Abstracts should be emailed as a .pdf attachment to no later than 23:59 EDT on 31 October 2015. Notification of acceptance will be given by 1 December 2015.

Established in 2003, the CUNY Phonology Forum is devoted to the promotion of healthy discussion and fruitful pursuit of foundational questions in phonology. Toward that end, the CUNY MA/PhD Program in Linguistics, in collaboration with the Forum, organizes conferences and makes the ideas and information developed in them available to the scholarly community.

Formal Ways of Analyzing Variation

Formal Ways of Analyzing Variation 3 (FWAV3) will be held at the CUNY Graduate Center on May 18-19, 2016. The FWAV workshop is a venue for research which pursues formal analyses of linguistic variation, in all domains of grammar (phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics). Organized by Christina Tortora (CSI and GC), Bill Haddican (Queens and GC), and Alan Munn (MSU). Please see for details.