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Phonfest 2018

at Indiana University, Bloomington

Please join us this summer for PhonFest

at Indiana University, Bloomington

"Mixing it up: From the lab to the field and back again" 

Tuesday May 29, 2018 - Saturday June 2, 2018

About PhonFest: The Linguistics Department at IU offers a fest focused on one area within Linguistics (e.g. Morphology, Corpus Linguistics) every second summer. In Summer 2018 we will host PhonFest, with a focus on phonetics and phonology. The idea behind our theme—Mixing it up: from the lab to the field and back again—is that while language science is moving in an ever more experimental direction, and tightly controlled experiments in lab settings can generate invaluable information about human language, such studies are not always possible, realistic, or productive in the context of actual language usage. Humans are members of communities, and linguists often work in the field, in communities. Speakers are not just passive consultants, but are members of a language community, agents who ‘do’ the language. The data generated by fieldwork, which is also invaluable, presents its own challenges—including technological challenges, like how to organize and annotate records in order to render them maximally accessible and useful. PhonFest is designed to create a space for dialogue: How can practices from the lab inform our work in the field, and vice versa? How can we pull the best elements from both worlds together to strengthen the work we do? Expert speakers from the US and abroad will address these topics.

  • Stage 1 (May 29-June 1, 2018): Short courses on current issues in phonetic/ phonological/sociophonetic documentation and analysis in a workshop and lecture-type format with four prominent invited scholars (details in Speakers).

  • Stage 2 (Saturday June 2): Conference for Fest participants to present their own work on phonetic and phonological documentation and analysis. Abstracts will be refereed.

  • Stage 3 (June 4-7): Incubator week designed to propel participants’ work from where it is to the next stage. Work groups may arise out of interests mutually discovered and explored during the Fest (e.g. developing elicitation methods for new projects and communities; analyzing/archiving existing corpora; collecting new data (audio, articulatory, etc.) using facilities around the I.U. campus). Experiment design and quantitative methods consultants will be on hand (details in Speakers).

Invited Speakers

  • Cynthia Clopper, The Ohio State University
  • Christian DiCanio, University at Buffalo
  • Josef Fruehwald, University of Edinburgh
  • Marija Tabain, La Trobe University

Watch The LINGUIST List for details.
Email Kelly Berkson ( with questions.


Kelly Berkson

Ken de Jong

Sponsored by:

  • The College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI)
  • Office of the Vice President for International Programs
  • Department of Linguistics
  • IU College of Arts and Sciences Office of International Affairs
  • Program in Cognitive Science
  • Center for the Languages of the Central Asian Region
  • Department of Spanish & Portuguese
  • Department of French & Italian