Workshop: Intonational Phonology of Typologically Rare or Understudied Languages

Intonational Phonology of Typologically Rare or Understudied Languages (an ICPhS 2019 satellite workshop)

Date: Sunday, August 4, 2019
Venue: The University of Melbourne, Australia
Workshop website:

For over two decades, the intonation systems of many typologically varied languages have been analyzed in the framework of the Autosegmental-Metrical (AM) model of intonational phonology. However, there remain many languages whose intonation system has not been analyzed, including languages with typologically uncommon systems. This workshop aims to provide a forum to broaden our understanding of intonational phonology, by introducing and discussing the phonology and phonetics of the intonation of such languages.

The workshop will have several invited presentations as well as oral and poster presentations from submitted works. Any work related to the intonational phonology of typologically rare or understudied languages is welcome, but we especially welcome languages in the Austronesian, Mayan, Slavic, Tibeto-Burman, and Turkic families as well as other languages of the Americas and Central Asia. We also welcome any language whose intonation system challenges the assumptions made in the AM framework of intonational phonology.

If you are interested in presenting your work, please send a two-page abstract (including figures, examples, and references) in PDF format to with ‘abstract’ written in the subject line by March 15, 2019.

All accepted abstracts will be posted on the Workshop homepage,, and we plan to include selected contributions in a book to be published by Oxford University Press.

Sun-Ah Jun (UCLA),
Sameer ud Dowla Khan (Reed College),