Talk by Stefan Baumann (IfL Phonetik, University of Cologne)

We are happy to announce the next talk in the Phonology Colloquium by Stefan Baumann (IfL Phonetik, University of Cologne). Title: Are highlighted words always informative? On the complex relationship between prosodic prominence and meaning Date: Wednesday, 11.05.2022 Time: 16-18 Location: in person on campus IG 4.301 (in addition, we will stream the talk via Zoom, see below) Abstract: When speakers communicate with each other, relevant parts of an utterance may either be actively highlighted through prosodic and syntactic means, or they are informative in themselves, such as novel or important discourse topics and uncommon words. As a result of both prosodic and syntactic highlighting and semantic-pragmatic informativeness, listeners perceive certain elements of an utterance as more or less prominent. The talk will examine the basic assumption that there is a direct correspondence between the two levels, such that (prosodically) highlighted elements should at the same time be more informative, and vice versa. This relationship has been shown to be much more complex, however, given the multidimensionality...
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PhD / researcher position in Phonology

The Institute of Linguistics, Faculty of Modern Languages (FB 10), Goethe University Frankfurt, offers a position of a Scientific researcher (E13 TV-G-U, 50%-part-time) starting October 1st, 2019 up to three years (with possible extension). The salary grade is based on the job characteristics of the collective agreement (TV-G-U) applicable to Goethe-University. Application Requirements: The successful candidate should hold a Master degree in linguistics with a specialisation in phonology. An excellent command of spoken and written German and English is mandatory. The candidate should enjoy working in an independent and pro-active manner. Excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills are essential. Responsibilities: The successful candidate will conduct research within the area of prosodic phonology and will be responsible for the following tasks: • Preparation and conduction of teaching BA- and MA-level classes at the Institute of Linguistics (2 LVS = one course per semester) • Advice of students for preparation of BA- and MA-theses, and course assignments • Participation in preparing and conducting of research projects at the professorship of linguistics/phonology, particularly...
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Talk by Nancy Kula (U Essex), Wednesday 30, 16-18

We are happy to announce the next talk in the Phonology Colloquium, which will take place on Wednesday, January 30, 4 – 6 pm in IG 4.301. You are all cordially invited. On the interaction of tone and intonation in some Eastern Bantu Languages Nancy C. Kula, University of Essex This talk looks at the implementation and effects of boundary intonational tones in different contexts in four Eastern Bantu languages: Bemba, Shingazidja, Chichewa, and Tumbuka. The goal is to look at the contrast in intonational tone implementation in local and global contexts. Global intonational effects target whole constituents and are good diagnostics for identifying larger prosodic constituents like maximal intonation phrases. Local intonational effects target smaller constituents – minimal and intermediate intonation phrases – embedded within maximal intonation phrases. A key focus will be to establish whether we can identify any emerging areal (Eastern Bantu) features in intonation patterns and specifically whether the punctual versus non-punctual implementation of boundary tones correlate to specific discourse...
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