The first Diachronic Phonotactics Workshop (dpt17) will be held on 7-8 September 2017 at the Department of English Studies of Vienna University.

The focus of the workshop is on diachronic phonotactics. It will address questions such as

  • How are changes in stem-level, word-level and phrase level phonotactics best described and accounted for?
  • Do phonological constituents larger than segments (segment clusters, syllables, feet, prosodic words, etc.) represent units with histories of their own?
  • How does phonotactic complexity arise, and under what circumstances does it achieve historical stability?
  • Are there constraints or preferences concerning the mapping of phonological structure on morpho-syntactic structure, and are the effects of such constraints visible in diachronic developments?
  • What roles do the perception and the production of phonotactic structures play for their diachronic development?
  • What are the roles of acquisition and usage in the emergence and the evolution of phonotactic patterns?

Invited Speakers

  • Andrew Wedel (University of Arizona)
  • Basilio Calderone (Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès)
  • Donka Minkova (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Elissa Pustka (University of Vienna)
  • Elzbieta Adamczyk (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań)
  • Katarzyna Dziubalska-Kołaczyk (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań)
  • Patrick Honeybone (University of Edinburgh)
  • Rhona Alcorn (University of Edinburgh)
  • Julia Schlüter (University of Bamberg)
  • Wolfgang U. Dressler (University of Vienna)

Organizing team

The workshop is hosted by the Evolution of Consonant Clusters in English (ECCE) project: