The VPG is a gathering of phonologists in Vancouver. During our meetings, which typically take place at SFU Harbour Centre, we comment on our work in progress. If you wish to receive email about the scheduling of meeting times (or wish to be off the mailing list), please email <alderete@sfu.ca>. The gatherings are open to all.

Spring 2018

Date/time: Saturday Apr 7th, 2-5pm

Location: SFU Harbour Centre, 1500 Xerox Conference Room

Presentations (2-4pm, 20 mins + 10 mins for questions) in following order:

  • Eva Zimmermann: “Reduplication without a base: An argument from the typology of multiple reduplication”
  • Roger Yu-Hsiang Lo: “The influence of functional load on Cantonese lexical tone perception”
  • Bruce Wiebe, “Floating tone affixes and tonal processes in Koro Waci verbs”
  • John Alderete, “Tone slips in Cantonese: Evidence for early phonological encoding”

Poster session (4-5pm):

  • Gunnar Hansson: “Reconsidering preventive dissimilation: similarity and co-occurrence in sound change
  • Ashley Farris-Trimble and Danica Reid: “Frequency and acoustic biases in the recognition of neutralized forms”
  • Danica Reid: “Acoustic Cues used by Learners of English”
  • Oksana Tkachman, Kathleen Currie Hall, Robert Fuhrman and Yurika Aonuki: “Visible Energy in Signed Languages: Explaining a Trade-off Between Sign Location and Sign Handedness”

Fall 2016

Date/time: Sunday October 16, 10:00 am to about lunch time

Speakers so far:
Shin-ichi Tanaka (The University of Tokyo), “Turbid Optimality Theory: A Containment-Based Solution to Opacity Problems
Paul Tupper (SFU), “Which Learning Algorithms Can Generalize Identity Effects to Novel Inputs?
Nazarre Merchant (Eckerd College), “Finding linguistic categories: -hedra, joins, and properties”

Location: SFU Harbour Centre, 1315 Scotiabank lecture room

Spring 2016

Date/time: Saturday April 9, 10am-noon (or so)

Speakers: John Alderete in collaboration with Monica Davies ‘Investigating perceptual biases, data reliability, and data discovery in a methodology of collecting speech errors from audio recordings’; Sara Finley, in collaboration with Peter Staroverov ‘Vowels vs. consonants as anchors for infixation’, Tom Perry ‘Low German overlength and foot structure’

Location: SFU Harbour Centre, 2945 McLean Management Studies Lab

Fall 2015

Date/time: Thurs, Dec. 3, 4:30-6pm
Speaker/Topic: Suzanne Urbancyzk (UVic), Recent approaches to allomorphy
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 2200 RBC Dominion Securities Executive meeting room

Fall 2014

Date/time: Wed, Sept. 24, 4:30-6pm
Speaker/Topic: Gunnar Hansson, Patrick Moore (UBC), “The phonology and phonetics of Kaska vowel harmony”
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 2200 RBC Dominion Securities Executive meeting room

Date/time: Wed, Oct. 22, 4:30-6pm
Speaker/Topic: TBA
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 2200 RBC Dominion Securities Executive meeting room

Date/time: Wed, Nov. 19, 4:30-6pm
Speaker/Topic: Ashley Farris-Trimble, eye-tracking study on Canadian raising
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 2200 RBC Dominion Securities Executive meeting room

Spring 2014

Date/time: Feb. 5, 4:30-6pm
Speaker/Topic: John Alderete, Amber Blenkiron, Judy Thompson, Notes on stem phonology and the development of affricates in Tahltan (Northern Athabaskan)
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 2200 RBC Dominion Securities Executive meeting room

Date/time: Mar. 5, 4:30-6pm
Speaker/Topic: Keith Snider & Rod Casali, Nominal Tone in Chumburung
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 2200 RBC Dominion Securities Executive meeting room

Date/time: Apr. 9, 4:30-6pm
Speaker/Topic: Kathleen Currie Hall, Articulatory correlates of phonological relationships
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 2200 RBC Dominion Securities Executive meeting room

Fall 2013

Date/time: Sept. 24, 4:30-6pm
Speaker/Topic: Ashley Farris-Trimble, Phonological alternations in lexical processing
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1510, Tree Island Industries Conference Room

Date/time: Oct. 15, 4:30-6pm
Speaker/Topic: Rod Casali, Assimilation markedness and inventory structure in tongue root harmony systems
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1510, Tree Island Industries Conference Room

Date/time: Nov. 12, 4:30-6pm
Speaker/Topic: Douglas Pulleyblank, Tonal allomorphy in Kinande
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1510, Tree Island Industries Conference Room

Spring 2013

Date/time: Feb. 26, 4-5pm
Topic: Paul Tupper, Topic TBA
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1500 Xerox Conference Room

Date/time: Mar. 19, 4-5pm
Topic: Keith Snider, Topic TBA
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1510 Tree Island Industries Conference Room

Date/time: Apr. 9, 4-5pm
Topic: Gunnar Hansson, Topic TBA
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 2540 Reader’s Digest Conference Room

Fall 2012

Date/time: Oct. 15, 4-5pm
Topic: John Alderete, Kayleigh MacMillan: Reduplication in Hawaiian
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, room 1510 (main floor)

Date/time: Nov. 13, 4:30-5:30
Topic:  Kathleen Hall (UBC), “Introducing InPho Theory: An Information-Based Approach to Phonology”
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, room 3100 3rd floor ballroom