The role of predictability in shaping human sound systems

LabPhon16 Satellite event

June 23, 09:00 - 12:30

Short description:

Message-oriented accounts of phonetic and phonological variation propose that speakers manage unpredictability by expending resources in order to enhance communicative robustness. Within this general framework, predictability and resource cost are operationalized in diverse and sometimes imprecise ways. This workshop has two themed sessions, with presentations on each theme followed by roundtable discussions. The first session addresses how predictability can be assessed, and in particular how different formulations lead to different quantifiable expectations about communicative behavior and phonological patterns. The second session addresses how resource cost can be defined using explicit psychological, phonological, and physiological measures.

Call for papers

Abstract submission deadline: March 1, 2018
Notifications of acceptance: March 15, 2018
Workshop program announced: March 30, 2018


Scott Seyfarth
Ohio State University

Elizabeth Hume
Ohio State University

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