Workshop on Sequencing in Phonology

Workshop on Sequencing in Phonology

The SALT project is glad to announce that a Workshop on Sequencing in Phonology will be held at the University Of Tromsø on 23-24th November 2023. Please find the description and other information about the event below.

Date and Venue:

23-24th November 2023, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway


While in a word pair like English dog and god the order of segments or features seems to be contrastive, it is also determined by syllable phonotactic constraints. In English, the segment sequences ogd, odg, dgo and gdo are ungrammatical. Rigid ordering restrictions also make the linear order of attested consonant sequences predictable and therefore redundant, as for instance word-initial obstruent-sonorant sequences are attested in many languages in which sonorant-obstruent sequences are illicit. Sibilants tend to be at the outer margin in word-initial consonant clusters. The same predictable sequencing is observed at the subsegmental level. The frication always follows the closure in affricates. Nasalization or aspiration of stops is realized as preceding or following the closure depending on position. I.e., stops are prenasalized in syllable onsets and postnasalized in syllable codas, while the reverse is observed for aspiration. Thus, inside segments there are no precedence relations among features. Given these and related observations the question arises whether linear order of segments is necessary at all. The theory of the syllable and Sonority Sequencing in tandem neatly account for many if not most aspects of segment ordering, but are they necessary, sufficient, explanatory? What are the alternatives? Are segments indispensable to account for phonological linearization?

Invited speakers:

Draga Zec (Cornell University)

Juliet Stanton (NYU)

Kuniya Nasukawa (Tohoku Gakuin University)

Chris Golston (CSU Fresno)

The workshop program is available here.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!


Martin Krämer, Eirini Apostolopoulou, Jagoda Dyga