Theme: A celebration of the 51st anniversary of the publication of The Sound Pattern of Russian.

Morris Halle's (1959) The Sound Pattern of Russian (SPR) proposes 6 formal conditions that a phonological theory should fulfill, paraphrased as follows:

  • Condition 1: Phonological representations consist of segments and boundaries.
  • Condition 2: The phonetic properties of segments are characterized by a set of binary distinctive features.
  • Condition 3: A phonological description of a language must provide a deterministic algorithm for mapping from an input representation (containing only phonological information) to an output representation.
  • Condition 4: The phonology must interface with other modules of grammar, such as syntax.
  • Condition 5: In phonological representations the number of specified features is consistently reduced to a minimum compatible with satisfying Conditions (3) and (4).
  • Condition 6: Morphological boundaries have to be eliminated or converted by the phonology.

These six conditions serve as the theme of this year's NAPhC. We invite papers (on any and all languages--not just Russian!) that address issues raised by these conditions and other aspects of SPR. Are these conditions met by current models? Has their acceptance or rejection been sufficiently justified? For example, do Halle's arguments for binarity still hold? Are other arguments available for binarity? Have models that evaluate alignment of, say, syllables and morphemes justified the rejection of Condition 6?

Please submit an anonymous 2 page abstract in pdf format to submissions by March 26, 2010. Authors of accepted papers will be notified on March 29, 2010.

Invited Speakers:

  • Lee Bickmore (SUNY Albany)
  • Daniel Currie Hall (Meertens Instituut)
  • Suzanne Urbanczyk (University of Victoria)

Organizing Committee:

  • Mark Hale
  • Madelyn Kissock
  • Charles Reiss