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Theoretical Issues in Contemporary Phonology: Reading Tobias Scheer

Paris, February 6-8, 2014


Tobias Scheer (senior researcher at the CNRS, affiliated with the lab Bases, Corpus, Langages of the University Nice Sophia Antipolis) is internationally recognized as one of the most influential protagonists of the French tradition in formal and generative linguistics. 

His work spreads across a number of areas in contemporary phonology within a framework which has become known as ''CVCV'' or ''strict CV''. He is the author of over sixty research papers and three books published by Mouton de Gruyter (for a list of publications, see
This workshop provides a venue to discuss Tobias' contributions to theoretical phonology through invited contributions by leading international researchers. This event thus speaks of the quality of the French tradition in theoretical and formal phonology within a network of international relations of the highest caliber. 
The workshop is organized around three main thematic sessions, each featuring  presentations by various invited speakers and a round-table discussion:
 Section 1: Phonological issues 
 Section 2: Interfaces issues
 Section 3: Phonological & epistemological issues
The invited talks are complemented by a poster section.

Scroll down this page for the workshop program and practical information.


The workshop will be held on February 6-8 in Paris. The workshop venue is:

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)
96 et 105 Boulevard Raspail 
75006 Paris
Closest metro stop: Notre-Dame des Champs

Detailed information on how to reach the workshop venue is available here

The workshop will meet in different rooms on different days: 
 Thursday February 6 and Friday February 7:  Salle Lombard, 96 bvd Raspail
 Friday February 7, poster session: Salle 4, 105 bvd Raspail
 Saturday February 8:  Salle 8, 105 bvd Raspail
Note that the rooms are located at two close but different addresses!


The registration fees are as follows: 

 faculty:   50 euros
 students:  15 euros
 social dinner:
(on Friday, February 7th) 
 35 euros

The registration fee can be paid on the conference site. Let us know if you are planning to attend, by dropping a line to Sophie Wauquier at

Workshop program:                                                                                                                     

February, Thursday 6th
Section 1: Phonological issues
Salle Lombard (96 bvd Raspail)

9h-9h30   Welcome
9h30-9h45   P. Bourdelais (Directeur de l'INSHS)
9h45-10h   P. Encrevé (EHESS)
 10h-10h15  S. Mellet & E. Carpitelli (Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis)  Introduction to the University of Nice and BCL [slides/handout]
10h15-11   M. Van Oostendorp (Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam; University of Leiden) The Phonological World of Tobias Scheer. A Concise Introduction
11h-11h30   coffee break
11h30-12h15   J. Brandão de Carvalho (Université Paris 8, Vincennes St Denis / CNRS) Pourquoi CVCV... et positions pures sont toutes deux nécessaires
12h15-13h   E. Caratini (Université de Poitiers) The representation of affricates 
13h-14h30   lunch
14h30-15h15   E. Dresher (University of Toronto) Contrastive Hierarchies in Element Theory
15h15-16h   P. Szigetvári (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)
English word stress
16h-16h30   coffee break
16h30-17h15   G.Cyran (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin) Vowel-zero alternations and consonantal phonotactics in Polish 
17h15-18h   P. Kiparsky (Stanford University) The compositional theory of IE word accentuation: Baltic and Slavic
18h-19h   Discussion

February, Friday 7th
Session 2: Interface issues
Salle Lombard (96 bvd Raspail)
9h30-10h15   H. Van der Hulst (University of Connecticut) The Opponent Principle: Binarity in a Unary System
10h15-11h   R. Bermúdez-Otero (University of Manchester) Cycles, certainly, but how many
11h-11h30   coffee break
11h30-12h15   G. Piggott (McGill University, Montréal) Words as the exponents of complex syntactic heads: evidence from minimality
R. D'Alessandro (University of Leiden)
13h-14h30   lunch
14h30-15h15   M. Ziková (Masaryk University, Brno) Phonology of Null Morphology: The Nsg-Gpl Puzzle
15h15-16h15   Poster session see list of accepted posters below 
Salle 4 (105 bvd Raspail)
16h15-16h45   coffee break
16h45-17h30   G. Postma (Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam) Where is ablaut and what kind of module is that?
17h30-18h15   D. Petit (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris) Sur l'apophonie et son élimination dans les langues indo-européennes
18h15-19h   Discussion
20h30   Social dinner

February, Saturday 8th
Session 3: Phonological & epistemological issues
Salle 8 (105 bvd Raspail)
10h15-11h   J.-L. Léonard (Université Paris 3-Sorbonne nouvelle / CNRS)
*CVCV& CVCV en ombeayiuts (huave) : éléments polylectaux
11h-11h30   coffee break
11h30-12h15   M. Van Ostendoorp (Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam; University of Leiden)
Representing variation
12h15-13h   S. Bendjaballah & P. Ségéral (Université Paris 7 / CNRS)
A propos de la latence consonantique
13h-14h30   lunch
14h30-15h15   G. Bergounioux (Université d'Orléans / CNRS)
Ø syllables, from Saussure's Mémoire to current debates 
15h15-16h   S. Wauquier (Université Paris 8, Vincennes St Denis / CNRS)
Towards a flat phonology: representations and constituency
16h-16h30   coffee break
16h30-17h30   Discussion

February, Friday 7th — 15h15-16h
Poster session
Salle 4 (105 bvd Raspail)

[1]   Mufleh Alqahtani (University of Newcastle)
Non-final Superheavy Syllables in Najdi Arabic (NA)
[2]   Guillaume Enguéhard (Université Paris 7)
Is Stress a phonological primitive ? A Contribution from Old Norse
[3]   Marcin Fortuna (Ludwig Maximilian University – Munich)
Icelandic and the phonology-morphosyntax interface
[4]   Samir Ben Si Said (Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis)
Association sous contrôle : exploitation de l’outil autosegmental
[5]   Geoff Schwartz (University Adam Mickiewicza – Poznan)
Polish sandhi blocking and an alternative to the initial CV
Jean-Marc Beltzung (Université de Nantes) and Lucille Wallet (Université Paris 3)
Affrication post-nasale et assibilation en mbochi
[7]   Heather Newell (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Representation and Linearization: Interface Issues
[8]   Xiaoliang Luo (Université d’Orléans)
Linéarisation de l'accent tonique vs GP consonantique
[9]  Jonathan Bucci (Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis)
Insertion de l'espace syllabique apporté par l'accent tonique en coratin et en italien : l'apport du cadre théorique CVCV 
[10]   Gilbert Puech (Université Lyon 2)
Gabarits et structure syllabique en maltais
 [11]  Diana Passino (University of Padoue)
Extending the Theory of Consonantal Interaction  
 [12]Shanti Ulfsbjorninn (SOAS, London)
A Strict-CV representation of true quantity in stress systems: the implications of Pulaar-type languages for Strict-CV word-stress, what is incorporation and why it should be 

Practical information (accommodation, transportation, etcetera)                     

Information concerning accommodations is available here, including a list of hotels close to the workshop venue.

Information concerning transportation in Paris is available here, including detailed instructions on how to reach the workshop venue.

Some more practical information about what to do in Paris is available here, including some suggestions for places to eat close to the workshop venue.

For any question

Please contact Isabelle Biercewicz ( for practical issues and Sophie Wauquier ( for all other issues.


This workshop is co-organized by the following six laboratories:

(UMR 7320)

(UMR 7023)

Institut Marcel Mauss de l'EHESS (UMR 8178)

(UMR 7270)

(UMR 7110)

(UMR 7114)

The organizing committee consists of: M. de Fornel & P. Encrevé, (EHESS); J. Brandão de Carvalho, G. Magri & S. Wauquier (UMR SFL, Université Paris 8); G. Bergounioux (UMR LLL, Universités d'Orléans et de Tours); E. Carpitelli & S. Mellet (UMR BCL, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis); S. Benjaballah & Ph. Ségéral (UMR LLF, Université Paris 7); B. Laks (Modyco, Paris 10). 


Support from the following institutions is gratefully acknowledged: