phonology workshop

Long-distance segmental phenomena

organized by Péter Rebrus, Péter Szigetvári, and Miklós Törkenczy

invited speakers: Laura Downing and Andrew Nevins

time: Tuesday, 10 April 2018
place: Rákóczi út 5, 1088 Budapest, R423

programme [abstracts]

Laura Downing, A typology of vowel harmony domains from the Africanist perspective: how big and how small? [abstract] [handout]
Juliet Stanton, Sundanese [ar~al] allomorphy as aggressive reduplication [abstract]
Markus Alexander Pöchtrager, Transparent vowels: Small cogs in large machines [abstract]
Jade Jørgen Sandstedt, A strictly representational account of neutral blocking [abstract] [handout]
lunch break
Andrew Nevins, Maxakalí Nasal Harmony as Short-Distance: Evidence from Loanwords
and Modeling
lightning talks of posters

  • Alëna Aksënova, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Harmony Interactions [abstract]
  • Guillaume Enguehard, No spreading, no copy [abstract]
  • László Fejes, Non-local vowel harmony in Nganasan? [abstract] [poster]
  • Anton Kukhto, Front and center: Neutral vowels in Hill Mari [abstract] [poster]
  • Regine Lai, The learnability of segmental and suprasegmental harmony [abstract]
  • Avery Ozburn, Neutrality and re-pairing in Ogori vowel harmony: A target-oriented analysis [abstract]
  • Maxime Papillon, Deriving Harmony Pattern from Graph Geometries [abstract]
  • Michela Russo, Italo-Romance Metaphony as non-concatenative morphology. A bracketing paradox? [abstract] [poster]
  • Paroma Sanyal, Prosodically conditioned harmony in Bangla [abstract]
  • Jochen Trommer and Daniel Gleim, Two-Dimensional Vowel Polarity in Bari [abstract]
Aaron Kaplan, Intervening Positions in Long-Distance Positional Licensing Effects [abstract] [handout]
Filiz Mutlu, Labiality lurks, palatality glides: Asymmetries in harmony [abstract]
Yoona Yee, Implicational Universals in the Typology of Consonant Harmony [abstract]


Non-adjacent dependencies between segments, the treatment of phonological processes that apply at a distance have always been a challenge and a central issue in phonological theory.

This workshop will provide a forum for discussing controversies and recent developments in the analysis of long-distance segmental phenomena focussing on vowel harmony, consonant harmony, and consonant–vowel harmony. We invite abstracts bearing on such long-distance effects from various perspectives. Presentations are invited to address (but are not limited to) the following questions and topics:

  • Vowel neutrality: what makes a vowel neutral?
  • Typology: what is a possible harmony system?
  • Variation in harmony
  • Harmony and (morphological/prosodic) domains
  • Disharmony and antiharmony in harmony systems
  • Exceptions in harmony
  • Approaches to harmony: representational, non-representational, experimental
  • “Unnatural” constraints on harmony
  • Phonetic basis of harmonic phenomena
  • Spreading vs. agreement
  • Differences/similarities between vowel and consonant harmony
  • Experimental approaches to harmony

abstract submission

The same abstract may not be submitted to both the main colloquium and a workshop.

No abstract may be longer than 2 pages (A4 or letter size) with 1in margins, set single spaced in a 12pt font. Abstracts must be anonymous, self references should be avoided. Please make sure that there is no indication of the authors’ identity in the file submitted. (Files uploaded to Easychair are renamed by the system, but a PDF file may contain hidden information about its author or creator.)

You can submit an abstract to the workshop via Easychair:

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 November.