Empirical and Theoretical Approaches to Intonation in Endangered and Lesser Studied Languages

Key information

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Virtual Event

About this event

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Invited speaker

Candide Simard (see abstract and bio ), University of the South Pacific

The SOAS Department of Linguistics is organising a one-day workshop on Empirical and Theoretical Approaches to Intonation in Endangered and Lesser Studied Languages, to be held online on 16th December 2021, as part of the pre-conference session of the 6th Conference on Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory (LDLT6) .

We invite contributions that use empirical data from minoritised, endangered, and lesser studied languages in order to explore theoretical aspects of intonation, including, but not limited to:

  • intonational phonology;
  • linguistic and ‘paralinguistic’ approaches to intonation;
  • phonetic vs phonological approaches to intonation;
  • laboratory phonology, the phonetics-phonology interface and intonation studies;
  • transcription systems for intonation;
  • interrelations and interactions between intonation and other prosodic structures;
  • interrelations and interactions between prosodic structures, syntactic and morphosyntactic structures;
  • intonation and information structure.
Postgraduate students and early career researchers

MA students, PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers are particularly encouraged to submit contributions.


Presentations will be 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Each individual may present up to one single-authored paper and one joint paper throughout the whole conference (main session and workshops). The deadline for submission is at midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 26th October 2021 .

The text of the abstract should be anonymous, a minimum of 11 pt font and no more than one page in length, including references and examples. They should be in .pdf format and the file name should start with LDLT6, followed by an underscore and then first authors’ surname, e.g. LDLT6_ashmore.pdf. If you have a common surname, please include initials, e.g. LDLT6_jjones.pdf.

Abstracts should be submitted using the LDLT6 Easychair site .  Please specify if you would like your abstract to be considered for the main conference or one of the workshops.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent in early November, when we will ask presenters to return to us either a pre-recorded version of their contribution, which we will play at the established time, or the slides with no voice-over if they prefer to talk live. In either case, the discussion will take place live, via the designated online platform.


All formal interaction (presentations, questions and comments, round tables etc.) will be online (platform TBC). Joint viewing facilities will be available at SOAS, University of London, only for the main conference. A small reception followed by dinner will be organized on the last day of the conference for those participants who are based or staying locally, provided that the social distancing rules are relaxed enough by then.


Selected papers from the main conference and workshops will be published in a special edition of the peer-reviewed journal Language Documentation and Description .

Further information and registration details

Further information and registration details may be found at the conference webpage .

All inquiries should be directed to ldlt6@soas.ac.uk