PAC 2017 / Phonology and interphonology of contemporary English: from native corpora to learner corpora


International conference
Thursday, September 28th to Saturday, September 30th 2017
@ Université Paris Nanterre

Organised by
Centre de Recherches Anglophones, EA 370
Université Paris 8
Université Paris Lumières

Guest Speakers
Jacques Durand, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès
Dan Frost, Université de Grenoble
Patrick Honeybone, University of

All papers focusing on the main theme summarized by the title of the
conference are welcome but, to contextualize this forthcoming event,
participants should be aware that PAC 2017 is a logical extension of the
conferences that the PAC project has organized annually since 2000, on a
European level, at the universities of Toulouse II, Montpellier III and
Aix-Marseille I, and reflects the developing activities of this project.
All contributions on the phonology and phonetics of contemporary English
as well as on the interphonology of English are welcome.


The general PAC session will be dedicated to the following theme:
“Usage-based accounts and phonological models: how to articulate
phonetic-acoustic studies and phonological theory?” In recent years,
usage-based accounts, especially within the framework of Exemplar Theory
(Pierrehumbert 2001, 2006), have been put forward as relevant
explanations for various phenomena observed, on the basis of oral
corpora, in the different varieties of oral English. By relying on
frequency effects, such accounts have shed light on the emergence and
evolution of New Zealand and Australian English (Trudgill 2004, Gordon
et al. 2004) or on the dynamics of rhoticity and r-sandhi phenomena in
contemporary non-rhotic varieties (Cox et al. 2014) for example.
However, such accounts are often criticised for lacking phonological
abstraction and for not being able to fully account for the phenomena in
question as they do not model their underlying mechanisms at the
phonological level. That is why many phonologists have rejected these
accounts. However, other phonologists have shown how the results
provided by phonetic-acoustic studies and usage-based accounts of
corpora can lend themselves to theoretical analyses and help model the
emergence and evolution of phenomena at the phonological level (see
Patrick Honeybone’s work on T-to-R in Liverpool English (to appear) for
an example of such an approach).


The interphonology session will be dedicated to the following theme:
“Variation, correctness and correction”. We encourage participants to
investigate the phonetic and phonological systems developed by
non-native speakers/learners of English who have command of English
either as a foreign language (EFL) or a second language (ESL) in various
parts of the world and in different contexts of communication.
Interphonology will be discussed both as a theoretical, linguistic
construct and empirically by looking into aspects of the learners’ new
phonological system, while in the process of establishing itself or when
it has already been stabilised and/or regularised. Inter-speaker and
intra-speaker variation will also be central to our study of
interphonology to understand, for instance, how segmental variability is
integrated in the newly developed phonological system and how the
phonologies of two (or more) languages at work mutually influence each
other. “Correction” can be envisaged as a didactic tool for improving
students’ oral performances. It can also be rejected on theoretical
grounds. It can be tackled as the adaptation process, or modification
process, put in place by students when trying to reach specific
phonological or phonetic targets. “Correctness” can constitute a goal as
far as communication and interaction in English are concerned for
learners. It can also be questioned as a pedagogical goal, for instance
with the prevalence of RP as a target accent in the French academic
context. The problem of conciliating variation and correction in the
study / teaching of English as a foreign or second language can lend
itself to relevant reflections here.

Submission of papers

Abstracts should be no longer than one side of A4, with 2.5 cm margins,
single-spaced, with a font size no smaller than 12, and with normal
character spacing. All examples and references in the abstract should be
included on the one single page, but it is enough, when referring to
previous work, to cite “Author (Date)” in the body of the abstract – you
do not need to include the full reference. Please send two copies of
your abstract – one of these should be anonymous and one should include
your name, affiliation and email at the top of the page, directly below
the title. All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by members of the
scientific committee or other experts in the field. The named file
should be camera-ready, as it will be used in the abstracts booklet if
the proposal is accepted. Abstracts should be submitted in the same
form, in a PDF file, by email to with copy
to and

Time for papers: 30 minutes, plus 15 minutes for questions.

Dates and deadlines

Conference: September 28th / September 30th 2017
Final deadline for submissions: March 31st 2017
Results of refereeing of abstracts: Friday June 30th 2017

Anne Przewozny-Desriaux
MCF HDR – English Phonology
Dpt des Etudes du Monde Anglophone
Université Toulouse 2 Jean Jaurès
5 allées Antonio Machado
31058 TOULOUSE Cedex 9 France
+ 33 5 61 50 36 04


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