Proceedings Online

The proceedings from TAL 2016 are now available online! Find them at the ISCA Archive.


Plenary Speakers

Jie Zhang, University of Kansas, Using nonce-probe tests and auditory priming to investigate speakers’ phonological knowledge of tone sandhi

Yiya Chen, Leiden University, Tonal Variation in Lexical Processing

Bert Remijsen, Edinburgh University, Tonal complexity in Shilluk and its diachronic development

Bharath Chandrasekaran, University of Texas, Austin, Stability and plasticity in the neural representation of linguistic pitch patterns

Larry Hyman, University of California, Berkeley, Lexical vs. Grammatical Tone: Sorting out the Differences

The Fifth International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages (TAL 2016) will be held in Buffalo, NY, from Tuesday May 24 – Friday May 27, 2016. This symposium follows the very successful TAL 2014 conference, previously held in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. It will be held in downtown Buffalo at the University at Buffalo’s Educational Opportunity Center, 555 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY conveniently located near the downtown theater district, local restaurants, and the newly-renovated Buffalo waterfront.

TAL 2016 is conveniently timed before Speech Prosody 2016, which will be held in Boston from Tuesday May 31 – Friday June 3, 2016.

The special theme of this year’s symposium will be “Tone in the brain and the world: Bridging linguistic and psychological perspectives.” We especially invite contributions which focus on the mental representation of tone and tonal processes, tone from a cross-linguistic perspective, or both. The symposium will continue the tradition of the previous four symposia, aiming to present state-of-the–art research on the typological, phonetic, phonological, psycholinguistic, acquisitional, and technological aspects of tonal contrasts. We invite contributions from all these areas. Also welcome are contributions on non-tone languages and the use of tone in poetry or song.

Contact us at tal2016@buffalo.edu