Princeton Phonology Forum 2020

PSST 2020 and PΦF 2020 have been cancelled, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
They have been rescheduled with the same themes and speakers for March 19-20, 2021.

The second meeting of the Princeton Phonology Forum (PPɸF 2020) will be held on April 10 and 11, 2020.

PɸF 2020 will run parallel with the Princeton Symposium on Syntactic Theory (PSST 2020).

The theme for PɸF 2020 is “tone and phonological theory”. It has been nearly a decade since Hyman (2011) proposed the question “Tone: is it different?”, illustrating the many ways that tone is both quantitatively and qualitatively distinct from other phonological phenomena. This workshop seeks to further understand how and why tone is different, and what this means for phonological theory. Phonologically, how should tone be represented and computed? Morphologically, what kinds of tonal exponence are there? How can tone be used to express syntactic relations? How does tone interact with other prosody (stress, feet, intonation, boundary tones), and how is it implemented phonetically? How can tone inform current theory, such as computational phonology, Message-Oriented Phonology, probabilistic/variationist phonology, interface-ist phonology, as well as variants of modern Optimality Theory? These are but a sample of potential questions.

On Friday April 10, the workshop will run from 1:30pm to 6pm, and on Saturday April 11, 9am to 5pm. On Saturday evening, all attendees are invited to join us for refreshments following the workshop.

PɸF 2020 Speakers

Gabriela Caballero (UC San Diego)
Laura Downing (University of Gothenburg)
Christopher Green (Syracuse University)
Larry Hyman
(UC Berkeley)
Adam Jardine
(Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
René Kager
(Utrecht University)
Florian Lionnet
(Princeton University)
Laura McPherson
(Dartmouth College)
Marjorie Pak
(Emory University)
Nicholas Rolle
(Princeton University)
Hannah Sande
(Georgetown University)
Jochen Trommer
(Leipzig University)
Hiroto Uchihara
(National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM))


Registration is free. We ask those planning to attend to register by March 20, 2020 at the link below.

Registration Form

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Organizers: Florian Lionnet and Nicholas Rolle (Linguistics)

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